Taking care of someone is not an easy task. Caregiving can be very demanding and stressful. It is not uncommon for caregivers to experience frustration with their loved ones and the entire caregiving situation. How do you know when frustration is building up within you? According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, some of the warning signs include headaches, chest pains, shortness of breath, stomach cramps, compulsive eating, excessive consumption of alcohol, and impatience. If you find yourself becoming frustrated while performing your caregiving duties, there are several things you can do to reduce the frustration.
According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, some simple ways to reduce frustration include counting from 1 to 10 very slowly; taking several deep breaths, going for a walk, taking a bath, calling a friend, meditating, praying, and listening to music.
Feeling frustrated is also an indicator that the caregiver needs to engage in self-care and take a well-deserved break from caregiving duties. For more ideas on how to handle frustration, check out the Family Caregiver Alliance at www.caregiver.org/dementia-caregiving-and-controlling-frustration.BACK TO LIST