Did you know that 74% of us have felt so stressed that they felt they couldn’t cope. Millions of people are struggling with this everyday and it’s damaging their health. Stress is a mental condition yet people don’t take it as seriously as they would with depression and anxiety. Stress can also cause physical health problems like heart disease, problems with our immune system, insomnia and digestive problems.
As a carer, you will most probably be under a lot of stress which is very harmful to you. Most days it may be your job that stresses you out which is something you can’t step away from or avoid very easily. Here’s some tips for anyone struggling and remember it’s okay to say you’re struggling, speaking makes you stronger.
Talk about how you’re feeling. Sharing your emotions is always important and takes a weight off of your shoulders. Noone wants to carry all that stress and negative feelings on your back all day, it would be so exhausting. So sit down with a friend, family member or someone you trust and talk about your day and how everything made you feel and you will feel a lot better afterwards. As well as helping you, this idea of talking to one another can help others too who felt too shy to ask for help or talk about something that they’ve been struggling with. It also will create a much stronger bond between you both.
Share how you cope with everything. Maybe you go on walks to clear your head, maybe it’s a breathing exercise. Whichever helps you, share it. There may be people who have tried different things but haven’t tried yours which could work for them and vice versa. The more you share the more likely you are to encourage others to share which results in you receiving.
Treat yourself every so often, you deserve it. After a long day at work it’s okay to go home, light some candles and enjoy a warm bubble bath, or sit and watch a movie instead of doing all your cleaning and housework. It will still be there tomorrow to do. It’s important to take these stress breaks as otherwise it would be extremely difficult to do your job and people depend on you. It’s also important to maintain a moderate exercise a few times a week, this can reduce stress, this can be walking home or to work or a planned fitness exercise. Look after yourself as your mental wellbeing is just as important as your physical.