Recognize the signs of caregiver stress
If you’re a family caregiver, it’s essential to be aware of the signs of stress and take steps to prevent burnout. You may be reluctant to focus on yourself while caring for your loved one, but remember: you can’t support others effectively if you’re physically and emotionally exhausted. Complete the quiz below to learn about the signs of caregiver stress.
- I’m tired or exhausted a lot of the time.
- I’m having trouble sleeping (too little or too much, bad dreams, waking up at night).
- I’m not eating a healthy diet.
- I’m not exercising as much as I should.
- I feel anxious or depressed.
- I’m often sad, irritable, angry or easily upset.
- I worry a lot or I feel overwhelmed.
- It seems like I’m being pulled in several directions at once.
- I’ve having trouble concentrating, or I’m forgetful.
- I’ve lost interest in socializing and my usual hobbies.
- I hardly ever take time out for myself.
- I get sick more often than I used to, and illnesses seem to last longer.
- I’ve developed health problems (high blood pressure, bodily pain, headaches).
- I’m using alcohol or drugs (including prescription medications) excessively.
- I’m not keeping up with my own medical appointments, screening tests or vaccinations.
The more symptoms you have, the greater the need to make a change and seek additional support. You may need to call on other family members, explore community resources or hire professional assistance as needed.
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