While you might love your family, it can be hard to be the sole caregiver for a family member. Whether they have dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or some other debilitating condition, your family member will need help. And sometimes the only help around is yourself.
At least 44 million Americans are in the same situation, and despite their good intentions, they are suffering for it. As many as 40% to 70% of family caregivers suffer from depression, and around 38% report that their situation is highly stressful.
All of which you may very well relate with. After all, on top of your usual daily chores, you hold the entirety of another person’s well-being in your hands. You have to make sure that their health needs are met alongside yours. And that can mean buying two sets of groceries, cleaning two homes, dressing and bathing yourself and your family member, and making extra medical appointments. It’s a lot of work for one person to handle, and you are only human. So it’s natural to feel stressed when these extra activities start to feel like a drain on your energy.[Read more…]