We have all experienced stress at some point in our lives. Stressors can be described as anything that causes stress. As a carer, you may be particularly susceptible to stress. Triggers may include pressures or increased responsibility of your caring role. Feelings of anxiety can gradually build up and can even leave you feeling overwhelmed and frustrated.
Stress is caused by the many demands made on our time and energy. This can be heightened by the expectations we have of ourselves or of others around us. We know that some forms of stress are not always negative, for example, stress can be useful to alert you to potential dangers or spurring you on to achieve a goal or complete a task. However, sometimes the balance tips too far and the pressure becomes intense or persistent, resulting in you feeling as though you’re unable to cope.
Stress can make it hard to cope with the demands of caring. It can lead to you becoming mentally and physically exhausted, feeling tense, irritable, or frustrated. This can put a strain on relationships, especially your caring role.
Dealing with stress can be really tough, but the first step is recognizing that you’re feeling stressed. When you’re juggling a lot of responsibilities, it can be easy to overlook the signs of stress until they become too overwhelming. That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to your mental and physical well-being and seek support when you need it.
Identifying what’s causing your stress is the first step to feeling better. Sometimes, it can help to talk about how you feel, this can make a huge difference. And remember, the symptoms of stress can be different for everyone. Here are a few examples:
Over time, stress can take a toll on your physical health, and lead to problems, such as: risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and other health conditions. It’s essential to reach out for support when you recognise that you’re struggling. There are people who care and want to help you.
Feeling stressed can be overwhelming, but there are steps you can take to reduce your levels of stress. Here are some suggestions:
Remember, managing stress is a process, and what works for one person might not work for another. So be patient with yourself and keep trying until you find what works best for you.
You’ve got this!
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by stress, it might be time to talk to your GP. They’ve seen many patients with stress-related problems and can recommend lifestyle changes, counseling, or other talking treatments. A counselor can listen to you and help you find ways to deal with your stress. And if your stress is making you feel depressed, there are medications that can help relieve some of the symptoms. Your GP can prescribe antidepressants if they think they’ll be helpful, but it’s important to remember that different medications work better for different people. If you’re not happy with the ones you’re prescribed, don’t hesitate to go back and ask for something else.