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Are You Experiencing Any of These Emotional Symptoms of Stress?

By Ketan Shah

Caregivers in Mountain View CA

Whether you believe it or not, you could easily be experiencing a pretty bad case of caregiver stress right now. Do any of these signs of stress look familiar at all? If so, it's time to find a solution that works for you.

Mood Swings

Mood swings or moodiness may not be something that you notice all that much, but others might mention it to you. You might even only feel the mood swing internally, without expressing it to others. When the swings become really drastic, you need to take a deeper look.

Anxiety or Depression

Depression and anxiety are actually much more closely related than they seem at first. Some people don't think that they're experiencing anxiety at all, but report feeling their nerves jumping all day. That can be another version of anxiety.

Hair Trigger Frustration or Irritability

When someone puts a dish away in the wrong cabinet, do you let it go and appreciate that someone else tried to do the job, or does it send you into a five minute tirade about which dishes go where? If you're experiencing frustration or irritability that seem to hit often and without warning, stress is often the culprit.

Inability to Focus

Are you experiencing trouble focusing on just about everything? Often when you're stressed, your brain is so occupied with everything that it's trying to solve that it literally cannot handle one more thought. This can be a huge problem, of course, especially when you find yourself making simple mistakes.

Feeling that Everything Is out of Control

When you're stressed out, you don't feel in control of anything at all. No matter what situation you're in, everything seems to be working against you. Even worse, the more you try to control everything, the more out of control it all feels.

Feeling Isolated

As a family caregiver, it's really easy to become isolated. This is also a big sign that you're stressed, because you're not doing what you need to do for yourself in order to help manage your stress. Dealing with your isolation can help you to kick the stress, too.

Talk to your doctor to rule out physical causes and make sure that you find a way to deal with your stress appropriately.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring caregivers in Mountain View, CA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers today (408) 259-5930.