Just as hunger lets you know that you need food, emotions can let you know
when you need assistance and support. Keep in mind that it is okay to feel
angry, frustrated, sad or inadequate from time to time. Having these
feelings is completely normal, and almost every caregiver experiences them
at some point.
If you feel stressed, angry or depressed:
– Remove yourself from the situation by walking away, even if it is just
around the house
– Talk to someone you feel close to or call a hotline
– Talk with your doctor or health professional
– Write your feelings down in a journal
Caring for another person can also create a positive emotional change.
Aside from feeling stress, many caregivers say their role has had many
positive effects on their lives, such as giving them a sense of purpose.
A note about grief
Most people associate grief with the feelings you have when a loved one
dies. As a caregiver, you may experience many losses, including the loss of
the relationship you had with the person you are caring for, and the
progressive loss of independence that your loved one is going through. To
cope, talk about your feelings. Be as patient with yourself through this
process as you would be with others.*