We know that you, as a family caregiver, may be accustomed to burning the proverbial candle at both ends. You may also be highly skilled when it comes to multi-tasking. These abilities are often born out of necessity and honed over time. Perfecting them not only allows you to put everyone else first, it also lets you make it look easy.
In reality, however, appearances can be and often are deceiving. Juggling work with caring for family and an aging parent can take a toll on caregivers in the best of times. Add the stress of global pandemic, social distancing, and ongoing uncertainty to the mix and there is even more potential for burnout. We hear you and want to share a few ways to avoid it right here on our blog.
1. Recognize the warning signs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, symptoms of stress during this time include:
- Anxiety about your own health and your family’s health
- Sleeping more or less than usual
- Eating more or less than usual
- Trouble sleeping or concentrating
- Exacerbation of chronic health conditions
- Exacerbation of mental health conditions
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, prescription medications or illicit drugs
2. Keys to keeping calm and carrying on. The National Alliance for Caregiving and Caring Across Generations recommend the following for Sandwich Generation caregivers:
- Use only official sources to stay informed about the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic
- Consider signing up for local government alerts to get local news and updates when need be
- Take a break from the news if it makes you feel stressed, anxious or overwhelmed
- Delegate as many responsibilities as possible while keeping everyone’s safety in mind
- Make your boss aware of your situation if you have not already done so and use the opportunity to voice any questions or concerns about working from home or coming to work if you are an essential employee
3. Additional recommendations. The CDC also recommends adopting healthy coping mechanisms such as deep breathing, meditation, and stretching exercises. The agency also recommends eating a healthy, well balanced diet, exercising when possible and getting enough rest. You may also want to consider:
- Making time to do things you enjoy
- Making it a point to keep in touch with friends and family by phone and online
Rest assured that we are also available to help with any legal issues related to family caregiving that may surface during this time. Simply call our law firm or contact us by email to arrange a virtual appointment with Attorney Donna Wilson at any time.