Dealing with Worry
I’m a worrier by nature. I’ve become something of an expert at it.
Now that I’m a caregiver, my worries are boundless. Every time I leave the house I fear something will happen to my husband. What if he falls? What if he needs something to eat or drink and he can’t get it? If I call when I’m at work and he doesn’t answer the phone, horrible scenarios start to whirl around in my head.
Don’t even get me started on cold and flu season. If he shows the slightest hint of catching a cold or something else I go into full on freak out mode. I know that playing out worst case scenarios is extremely unhealthy, but I can’t stop.
I’ve read books, tried cognitive exercises, and attempted meditation (all to no avail). When you’re a caregiver, is it even possible to stop worrying and just live in the present?