Caregiver Stress

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Adult cargivers can face an extraordinary amount of stress on a daily basis and this stress can be prolonged and unyielding, learn the signs and what to do in response.

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  • 1.Caregiver Stress

2. Stress is part of life. Sometimes its a positive thing; it gives you the motivation you need for hitting a deadline or performing your best. Other times stress can wreak havoc on your body, resulting in aches, pains and other symptoms. Sometimes spending time with family away from your caregiver responsibilities can help relieve stress. 3. Adults caring for parents, other family members or friends can face an extraordinary amount of stress on a daily basis and this stress can be prolonged and unyielding. It is important that you know some of the signs that your body exhibits to get your attention signs that tell you the stress is having a negative impact on your life. 4. Muscles and joints Stress can cause pain, tightness or soreness in your muscles, as well as spasms of pain. It can lead to flare-ups of symptoms of arthritis, fibromyalgia and other conditions. Thats because stress lowers your threshold for pain. 5. Heart and lungs Too much of the stress hormone cortisol may make heart and lung conditions worse. These include heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and asthma. If you have pain or tightness in your chest or heart palpitations, see a doctor as soon as possible to rule out a serious condition. 6. Skin and hair If you have a skin condition such as eczema, rosacea or psoriasis, stress can make it worse. It also can lead to hives and itchiness, excessive sweating and even hair loss. 7. Gut Stress really shows in your digestive system from simpler symptoms such as pain, gas, diarrhea and constipation to more complex conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and acid reflux (GERD). 8. Shoulders, head and jaw Doctors call this the tension triangle. Stress can trigger tension headaches, tightness in the neck and jaw, and knots and spasms in your neck and shoulders. It also may contribute to TMJ, a jaw disorder. 9. Immune system You need a strong immune system to fight disease, but stress weakens your bodys defenses. It makes you more likely to catch colds or the flu, for example. It also may make autoimmune conditions such as lupus and inflammatory bowel disease worse. 10. Mental health Stress can bring on symptoms of depression and reduce your enthusiasm for activities you usually enjoy from everyday hobbies to sex. People also tend to eat poorly and exercise less when stressed, which only makes symptoms stronger. 11. You should realize that sometimes you need a break from your caregiving duties. If you are feeling down in the dumps because of caregiver stress it is not a personal failing. It happens to most of us, so dont be afraid to reach out for help. You must know that caregiver stress is natural and, to deal with it you can talk to your doctor and treat the symptoms or treat the cause of the problem. 12. Whatever your needs, BrightStar is your solution for personalized companion care, non-medical personal care and skilled medical assistance delivered in the comfort of your home. BrightStar knows the value and importance of compassion, dignity, and respect for all of our clients and their families across all stages of life. 13. Find Quality Care Now Locate a BrightStar Near You! Find a location in Canada Find a location in the US 14. Click to edit Master title style 10/11/2013 14