You’ve been tossing and turning in bed for hours because you can’t sleep. Earlier in the day you were over at your elderly mother’s house and noticed that her health, no matter how hard you try, just keeps getting worse. Tomorrow the kids have ballgames, you’ve got to go to the office for a few hours and mom has a doctor’s appointment that you promised to take her to. Suddenly you feel your heart beating faster and your hands getting clammy. Unfortunately, caregiver anxiety is a common problem for family caregivers. Use these tips to keep it under control.
How Caregiver Anxiety Affects You
In general, anxiety is caused by different triggers. Caregiver anxiety oftentimes results from feeling stressed out because you’re constantly worrying about your loved one, and maybe even second-guessing the care that you are providing them with. Let unaddressed, caregiver anxiety can lead to these physical and emotional problems:
- Heart palpitations