■ Feeling overwhelmed, lonely, guilty, sad or constantly worried
■ Feeling fatigued most of the time
■ Becoming easily irritated or angered
■ Lack of interest in activities you previously enjoyed
■ Significant change in weight or sleep habits
■ Frequent headaches, neck or low back pain
■ Abuse of alcohol or drugs You can help reduce your stress as a caregiver:
■ Identify what you can and cannot change. You may not be able to alter the way somebody else behaves but you can change how you react to it.
■ Try to lighten your load by learning about local caregiving resources such as meal delivery, home healthcare services (nursing, physical therapy), non-medical assistance (housekeeping, cooking, companionship) or home-modification changes that make it easier for patients to bathe, use the toilet or move around.
■ Don’t hesitate to ask for and to accept assistance from friends and family.
— Source: The American Institute of Stress