Providing daily living assistance to an aging in place loved one is highly rewarding, but it’s also sometimes tiring and frustrating. Caregiver stress is common, or even a clinical condition known as “caregiver burnout”, which can lead to strained relationships with coworkers and close family members.

Stressed-out caregivers oftentimes resort to unhealthy behaviors which can further place their health and wellbeing at risk. To help ensure that doesn’t happen, here are several positive ways to relieve caregiver stress.

Signs of Caregiver Stress

Unfortunately, many family caregivers don’t take time to care for themselves. It’s easy to get frustrated when mom or dad’s health just keeps deteriorating no matter how hard you try. Here are some warning signs of caregiving stress:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Back, shoulder or neck pain, muscle tension
  • Stomach/digestive problems
  • Hair loss
  • Chest pain
  • A weakened immune system
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Skin disorders like hives, eczema, psoriasis, and itching
  • Sexual dysfunction, lack of libido

Unhealthy Behaviors that Caregivers Engage In