Acting as a caregiver for a senior can be stressful for anyone. Not only is it physically and emotionally demanding, but sometimes the job may feel unrewarding and outlooks can seem hopeless. For these reasons, many caregivers can develop physical and psychological issues, such as insomnia, depression, fatigue, emotional eating, lowered immunity, more risk of chronic illness like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other ailments. Often times, the health of a caregiver can too easily be ignored for long periods of time. It is important to recognize the need for self-care and to reduce your own stress as a caregiver.
SeniorAdvice.com has come up with several ideas for reducing stress as a caregiver: