NEUROMODULATION
hamburger

CARING FOR
YOUR
EMOTIONAL
HEALTH

HOW TO MANAGE STRESS AND STAY
FOCUSED ON THE POSITIVE

 

THE FIRST STEP: KNOW WHAT KIND OF EMOTIONAL SUPPORT YOU NEED

Supporting your loved one in their time of need can be rewarding, but it can also come with many challenging situations, stressful choices, and difficult emotions. There may be times when you feel overwhelmed and need help dealing with everything you’re experiencing.

Being in the best possible emotional health can help you stay strong through those difficult moments. There are many ways you can take care of your inner self, and maintain the psychological well-being you need to enjoy the fullest possible life with your loved one. Keep reading for some helpful tips and inspiration to help you stay focused on the positive.

STAYING STRONG AND HEALTHY INSIDE

Being a caregiver is both a fulfilling opportunity and a demanding responsibility. It comes with ups and downs, rewarding moments and difficult days. To make the most of the positive and work through the negative, you need to build up the emotional resources you need to be there when your loved one needs you. Here are a few ways to develop better coping skills, so you are ready for your journey together.

Heart icon

DON’T BE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF
You’ll have a lot of thoughts and feelings about being a caregiver, some positive and many negative. These feelings are not “wrong” – they’re part of taking on the life-changing role of being a caregiver. Accepting the reality of your feelings is a first step.

  • Try not to feel guilty when you are sad or frustrated. Focus on the present and try to find joy in the small things. Share these moments with your loved one when possible.
  • Realize that you are carrying a lot of responsibility and that you may make mistakes – try to forgive yourself if you do. Being overly self-critical takes a heavy toll on your emotions.
  • Remind yourself that you are doing a good job. Sending yourself positive messages can help you stay upbeat. • Let yourself grieve if you need to. Your lives have changed in ways you cannot control. Experiencing grief over those losses is normal.
Hands touching icon

RECOGNIZE EMOTIONAL RISKS – AND ASK FOR HELP

Caregiving can be stressful. It can put a daily strain on both of you. Over time, that strain can turn into something more: Many caregivers experience symptoms of depression. If you feel depressed, talk to a doctor or mental health professional about your symptoms right away. Symptoms of depression may include:

  • Little interest in doing things you used to enjoy
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep
  • Tiredness and loss of energy
  • Poor appetite
  • Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions

Even when you’re responsible for caring for someone else, you don’t have to deal with those feelings yourself. If you are feeling any of these symptoms, make sure to get help from a professional – remember asking for help is not a weakness, it is a strength. Getting emotional support will benefit both of you in the long run.

Clock icon

MAKE TIME FOR WHAT YOU ENJOY

Remember to make time for fun. Being a caregiver is stressful, so take time for stress-relieving activities and hobbies. Even a short coffee break with a friend can provide much-needed relief. Schedule time for yourself to do things you enjoy. It can help you feel renewed, refreshed, and ready to be the best caregiver you can.

Person walking icon

HANDLE YOUR EMOTIONS WITH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Physical activity can be one of the most powerful remedies for emotional strain. A brisk walk can help you burn off stress. A yoga class can help you restore your calm. Building up your physical strength is often one of the most effective ways to increase the emotional stamina caregiving sometimes requires. So stay mentally healthy by paying attention to your physical well-being.

Learn more about how you can support your emotional health by looking after your physical well-being >

Back to top >

 

MORE CHRONIC PAIN RESOURCES

Find more helpful information about caring for someone with chronic pain, as well as inspiring stories from others who’ve shared your experience.

 

MORE MOVEMENT DISORDERS RESOURCES

Caring for someone with Parkinson’s disease or essential tremor? Find more helpful information, guidance, and inspiration for you and your loved one.

 


SJM-NWEB-0718-0084a

You are about to exit the Abbott family of websites for a 3rd party website

Links which take you out of Abbott worldwide websites are not under the control of Abbott, and Abbott is not responsible for the contents of any such site or any further links from such site. Abbott is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Abbott.


The website that you have requested also may not be optimized for your screen size.

Do you wish to continue and exit this website?

true
accessibility

© 2018 Abbott. All Rights Reserved. Please read the Legal Notice for further details.

Unless otherwise specified, all product and service names appearing in this Internet site are trademarks owned by or licensed to Abbott, its subsidiaries or affiliates. No use of any Abbott trademark, trade name, or trade dress in this site may be made without the prior written authorization of Abbott, except to identify the product or services of the company. 

accessibility

You are about to exit the Abbott family of websites for a 3rd party website

Links which take you out of Abbott worldwide websites are not under the control of Abbott, and Abbott is not responsible for the contents of any such site or any further links from such site. Abbott is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Abbott.


The website that you have requested also may not be optimized for your screen size.

Do you wish to continue and exit this website?