Care-giving can get overwhelming.  We often focus on all the things we need to do for self-care but ignore the common negative emotions we experience.

 

Take Heart Tuesday I share a negative emotion and a strategy to overcome it.

Care-giving can get overwhelming.  We often focus on all the things we need to do for self-care but ignore the common negative emotions we experience.

 

Take Heart Tuesday I share a negative emotion and

a strategy to overcome it.

Frustration is often accompanied by other feelings, such as ambivalence, anger, and impatience. It can set in when you feel that you can’t do anything right. Planning as a caregiver can be helpful but very frustrating when things just don’t go as planned no matter what you do or how hard you try. Sleep is hard to come by at times and if you are tired, you are more likely to get frustrated. Frustration may lead to stress eating, substance abuse, and a higher likelihood of losing your temper.

Coping: It sounds too easy but acknowledging how frustrating caregiving can be helpful. Joining a support group to learn the tricks other caregivers have learned to make coping easier is also really helpful. Get breaks from caregiving so you have time for YOU and a chance to refresh your energy. Exercise. Sleep.


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