Stress can cause many illnesses. It is actually toxic to your body. Almost 70% of family caregivers feel stressed where up to 50% get depressed. Know the signs of stress M so you can do something about it. Taking care of you means you’ll be better able to take care of your loved one. If you have any of these symptoms, get help. Call your doctor, find a caregiver support group, ask for help in the house, take a break, walk and talk.
M Feeling angry, irritable, or easily frustrated
M Problems concentrating
M Feeling burned out
M Feeling nervous or anxious
M Can’t concentrate
M Insomnia or troubling sleeping
M Memory, forgetfulness
Any of these symptoms can lead to illness and poor health. Here’s a long list of what the toxins of stress can do to your body:
Headaches, low energy, sadness, irritability, acne, muscle aches, increased pulse or blood pressure, nausea, high cholesterol, weight gain, heartburn, stomach aches, diarrhea, constipation, and lowered immune system that’s needed to fight getting sick.
Ask for help. Contact us if you would like some ideas of where to go and what to do. Here’s our link: http://caretocaregiver.org/contact-us/