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Common Emotions a Caregiver Experiences and How to Manage Them

Many caregivers find that, over time, they may begin to experience some unfavorable emotions due to the intense nature of caregiving. These emotions are common, natural, and nothing to be ashamed of. Read on to find out what common emotions caregivers experience and what you can do to help resolve these emotions.



Common Emotions

There are many emotions that a caregiver will experience, but these are some of the common ones that all caregivers feel often.


Anxiety

It is common for caregivers to experience feelings of anxiety during their time as a caregiver. Many things may be uncontrollable, or the care required might be changing faster than you feel you can keep up. No matter the reason, anxiety is a common emotion for caregivers to experience, often manifesting as sleepless nights, heart palpitations, or an urge to cry.


Tiredness

Unfortunately, tiredness is a feeling that caregivers understand all too well. Often, caregivers have a hard time going to sleep because of the anxiety or stress they are thinking about. You may have to get up during the night to help your caree to the bathroom and back to bed, or you may go to bed later yourself in the hope of getting some extra alone time. Whatever the reason, many caregivers are tired, which can make other emotions, such as frustration and impatience, more prevalent and extreme.


Guilt

Guilt is a common emotion for caregivers to experience, likely because there are so many causes. You may feel guilty for not doing enough for your caree or guilt for being too impatient. Often, guilt comes after other strong emotions, such as anger or frustration, have had a chance to dissipate.


Frustration

As with all aspects of life, sometimes caregiving does not go the way we plan for it to go, which can be a very frustrating experience. All too often, caregivers are also tired from a lack of sleep and physically/mentally exhausting days, making feelings of frustration even stronger.



What You Can Do


Take a Step Back

Many of the negative emotions that caregivers experience can often be managed or reduced by taking a moment away from the problem. Most times, a small break is all we need to tame those emotions. Some suggestions include meditation, a relaxing bath, or a chance to get some extra sleep.


Join a Support Group

Often, caregivers feel as though they are on this journey by themselves, but there are many people in the same boat. Many caregivers find comfort in support groups. Whether by knowing they are not alone or from other caregivers' shared knowledge, this is an excellent option for those who need a little extra support.


Hire a Caregiver

Of course, the best way to relieve yourself of any negative emotions from caregiving is to let someone else take over the strenuous responsibility.


At RR Care Management, we will handle all aspects of caregiving so that you can take a deep breath and know that your caree is well cared for. We will work with you to ensure that every aspect of care is accounted for, and you can rest easy knowing that the large caregiving workload no longer falls squarely on your shoulders.


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