A word about Caregiver Anxiety from guest poster -
Caregivers of those living with MS have a lot of responsibilities. No matter how important the person is in your life, those responsibilities can be grating over time. Unfortunately, this can give rise to some mental health issues, including something known as anxiety in caregivers.
This type of anxiety in caregivers is a feeling of intense anxiety and stress as a response to being a caregiver. High degrees of caregiver anxiety are common in as many as 35% or more of those taking care of others, and that number doesn't include mild or moderate amounts of anxiety and stress that can still affect happiness and mental health.
Caregiver anxiety can be caused by a number of different factors, but the most common factors are as follows:
It's crucial for you to learn to take care of your mental health needs. This is important for two reasons – both of which need to be acknowledged before you can successfully relieve this stress:
acknowledging these things for yourself is a tremendous part of
relieving that stress. Even if it means you need to pay a bit less
attention to the individual with MS for a while so that you can cope
with the stresses of the day, the end outcome will be more happiness and
a better quality of life.
Other treatment options include support groups, which can be highly valuable for caregivers. Exercise is also very important as many caregivers forgo physical activity – yet physical activity is one of the most powerful ways to relieve stress.
Therapy can also be useful, and simply being healthier in general – eating healthy, going to the doctor, etc., will have an impact on your ability to cope. Combine that with lifestyle changes that are focused on your mental health, and you'll have an easier time coping with caregiver anxiety.
The most important part of recovery, however, is recognizing that caregiver anxiety is a real thing, and it needs to be addressed. Once you do, you'll be a happier person and a better caregiver, and the person you're caring for will be happier as well.
About the Author: Ryan Rivera has met several caregivers that were struggling to treat their anxiety. He continues to provide tips and tools for coping at Calm Clinic. (Links will open in a new window).
Head over from Caregiver Anxiety to the Caregivers Corner for more information about caregivers.
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