THIS REARS ITS UGLY HEAD MORE OFTEN THAN NOT. MY WIFE KNOWS WHEN I NEED A BREAK. MOSTLY, BREAKS ARE SPENT HERE, ON THE COMPUTER…OR GOING TO MY CELEBRATE RECOVERY GROUP, OR TO CHURCH….OR HANGING OUT IN OUR COMMON ROOM, AND ENGAGING WHOMEVER WALKS BY! AND/OR REGULARLY VISIT OUR ASSISTANT PROPERTY MANAGER, JOANNE, WHO LISTENS AND SUGGESTS THINGS—AND IS PLEASANT AND PLEASANT TO LOOK AT ! 🙂 NOT MANY OTHER OPTIONS FOR ME!
You’ve noticed a change in your mood and temper. Your bright spirit is dim. Avoiding social interaction has become part of your daily routine. Happiness no longer compliments your face. You feel lonely and secluded, almost depressed. Caregiving duties are still being completed but not with the same vigor and enthusiasm. Your fast-thinking logic has been replaced with slow what-if’s. Sound familiar? Most caregivers can identify and empathize with these feelings. These mixed emotions are warning signs of caregiver stress. Ignoring these symptoms will result in caregiver burnout. Trust me, I know. Yes, there are ways you can prevent caregiver stress, but how can a caregiver recover from burnout while still providing care?
You’re overwhelmed, stressed, and on the verge of throwing in the towel. I CAN’T DO THIS ANYMORE! But walking out the door is not an option; you must continue the daily care…
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