Getting sick of caregiving and getting sick from caregiving are two different things. This article will talk about getting sick as a result of caregiving, what the repercussions are and what you could possibly to do avoid it. As a caregiver knowing this is very important, because you can’t continue taking care of someone else when you are sick yourself.
The thing is, when your body gets worn down from being busy, handling stress and not getting enough rest or relaxation, you may be prone to getting sick because your immune system is at a low efficiency level.
Having stress and constant worry can seriously affect your health. It can make you physically sick. There are few things more serious than chronic, severe stress levels. Experts warn that stress left unchecked can have health consequences that can even shorten a person’s lifespan.
If you suspect you are over-stressed or getting sick more often than usual, or exhausted, you should do something immediately to avoid burnout. Here are some suggestions that might help you get back on track and reclaim your health:
- Get all the help you can from family and friends. Let them know this is a serious situation and you must change what you’re doing to regain your health.
- Hire a caregiver from elderly home care to come in and take over your caregiving responsibilities for a while so you can recoup and recover.
- Consult with professionals – your doctor, psychologist, therapist or whoever you need to get the help you need right now.
- Take time for yourself. Do things you love that are good for you and that you need in your life.
- Spend time with friends and do some socializing. This is one of the first areas that get neglected with caregivers. And yet it’s so essential to your mental and physical health!
- Exercise regularly. You need the feel-good hormones it produces. Exercise is one of the most effective stress-relievers and you desperately need it in your life to keep your physical and emotional health at optimum levels.
- Make sure you do something to maintain high health levels as soon as you realize things are not quite right. Acting quickly will help you rebound sooner.
The National Institutes on Health (NIH) cautions that prolonged stress levels elevate your blood pressure, increase heart rate and increase cortisol levels in the body which suppress the immune and digestive systems. These are some of the contributing factors to the illness caregivers feel when they are not getting enough self-care.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of elder care in Rochester, NY contact the caregivers at Caring Hearts of Rochester, LLC. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (585) 245-0134 for more information.
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