For many informal caregivers anxiety is a constant companion. But over time persistent anxiety can cause health problems like stomach pain, headaches and fatigue- all of which may interfere with a caregiver’s ability to perform their duties. Most people look at anxiety as something they’d like to prevent, but there are also ways to harness that negative energy and turn it into a positive. If you’re a family caregiver who’s currently dealing with anxiety, here’s how to use it to your advantage.

Warning Signs of Caregiver Anxiety

Anxiety is the body’s natural way of responding to stress. As a caregiver look for these anxiety warning signs:

  • Pounding heart or rapid heart rate
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Stomach pain, nausea or digestive trouble
  • Insomnia or other sleep disturbances
  • Rapid breath