Tell Us: What’s Your Caregiving Stress (Day 5)?

As you may know, I’ve been collecting data about your caregiving stress, the overlooked epidemic in our communities. During a recent webinar, The Family Caregiver’s Stress, I shared the current results of our ongoing survey and share thoughts about what’s needed to minimize the stress.

We know that caregiving stress can be ongoing. I also believe that caregiver stress is constantly changing, that what stresses you on Monday is replaced by a different stressful situation on Tuesday. To show the constant and changing face of caregiving stress, I’d love for you to tell us about each day’s caregiving stress over a period of five days. Your stories about your day’s caregiving stress will make our data about your caregiving stress that much more compelling.

In our comments section, below, tell us about the stress you’re feeling today.

(I’d love for you to share your experiences in our two two-minute surveys. In the first survey, please tell us how you rate your stress. In our second survey, please tell us how your stress impacts your health and your day.)

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About Denise

I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched CareGiving.com in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

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Amy

Day 5: Compressed air stress. Apparently it now contains a bitterant that aggregates my husband’s asthma. Who knew? They made the information on the package so tiny I couldn’t hardly see it. He wanted to do something nice and clean my computer keyboard for me. Sigh! After an extra breathing treatment and 3 essential oil diffusers things are back to a norm. SMH!

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Mom has again forgotten that used toilet paper goes into the toilet for flushing. My gag reflex almost took over. I was looking forward to doing some cooking today but that was no longer appealing.

Diane
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Diane

Mom was admitted to the hospital. So we were at the hospital all day.

Michelle
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Didn’t get my “me time “ today. Had to stay in and Waite for the the new washing machine to be delivered. At least we should not have any laundry stress for a while.