How Does Your Stress Impact You?

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How Does Your Stress Impact You?

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Since 2016, you've shared your stress level in our Caregiving Stress Survey.

More than 1,000 family caregivers rate their stress as a 4.14 (on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most stressed). Family caregivers say the No. 1 source of their stress is missing their lives.

I'd love to learn more about the impact of your caregiving stress. What's the impact of the stress of your health and on your day? Please take a few moments to share how your caregiving caregiving stress impacts you.

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I have always had trouble relating well to my narcissistic mother, and now she lives nearby in sheltered accommodation she doesn't much like, it is much worse. She's antisocial so won't make friends with fellow residents or go to most of the activities on offer. She wants to take my husband over to meet all her social/practical needs and yet is never satisfied by what anyone does for her. Her constant negativity and criticism are wearing me down and making me anxious and miserable. My husband can't really understand how she gets to me as he isn't her child and hasn't been the 'scapegoat' for over 50 years. We have tried to set boundaries by limiting our visits and getting help from the on-site staff, but my mum hates this and wants my husband (not so much me, as she has never seemed to like me much and I am a nervous driver) at her beck and call all the time. I'm not sleeping well and am overreacting to the slightest thing going wrong. We moved to our dream location to spend our retired years doing things we enjoy, but the shadow of my mother is spoiling it for me at least.\n\nShe may live another ten years, and I don't know how i'm going to cope, as we'll be getting old ourselves by then. We can't abandon her, but I find it hard to put it all aside when not with her and it's really affecting my quality of life. I have had acute depression in the past and don't want it again.