Are you part of the sandwich generation?
If you are, then you probably know about caregiver stress.
That’s where you give care to generations both older and younger than your generation. Like the filling in a sandwich, it’s easy to feel squeezed on all sides! And you or your family worrying about how does stress affect health—
Nancy is a caregiver.
As the oldest, growing up she helped care for her younger siblings. And when her parents needed additional support Nancy was the first one they called.
She ran herself ragged running errands for them, taking them to doctors’ appointments and making sure they took their medications and stayed on their diets.
Well, as closely as she could anyway. Sometimes they just insisted that something off their diet was a necessary dessert. And at their age, she didn’t have the heart to always say, “No.”
Just when she thought things were at their worst, her oldest daughter was admitted to the hospital with a serious illness. Nancy and her husband Dick suddenly found themselves helping also care for three year-old triplets.
Nancy’s relaxation time seemed to be in the past. There never seemed to be time for her to sit and knit or crochet. Even small projects like knitted dishcloths seemed too much for Nancy.
She wasn’t sleeping, and when she’d get home couldn’t relax. So she’d fall into bed exhausted, toss and turn, finally falling asleep only to wake up tired when the alarm rang. More and more she felt like she was dragging herself through her day.
In taking care of everyone else, Nancy risked her own health. Her family became concerned and wondered, “How does stress affect health?”
Because Nancy is constantly under stress, her body is always producing stress hormones.
Do you know stress hormones are actually a healthy response in an emergency situation?
Sure! If you have to slam on the brakes when driving your car you want your stress hormones to be working properly. They could save your life or someone else’s.
Too often, like Nancy though, caregivers produce stress hormones chronically with the often demanding caregiver stress. And with time, continuous production of stress hormones can lead to a variety of health problems.
How does stress affect health in caregivers?
- Psychological problems such as anxiety or depression…
- Long-term health problems like arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes…
- Increased infections and slower healing of wounds…
- And more. Some people have digestive problems, sleep disturbances and other health problems.
Nancy knew she had a problem, but didn’t know what to do about it. It didn’t occur to her to worry, “How does stress affect health?“ Until she really just didn’t feel well. Then one day on the Internet she came across an audio product described as guided relaxation.
Guided relaxation is a stress management tool where an expert guides you through relaxation. Often gently helping you to relax your tense muscles. When you relax, your stress response decreases, your stress hormones decrease and you can often get the rest you need.
Nancy bought the guided relaxation audio product, and in a few minutes after starting it could feel relaxed. Through the audio she relaxed and was able to get more rest. Once she got more rest, she was able to more clearly think about what she and her family needed to do.
And together they figured out how to reduce her stress.
Are you looking for a way to reduce your stress quickly and easily?
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to relax on demand.
A deep belly laugh can often break the stress and tension. But sometimes you want a deeper, more lasting relaxation experience.
Well, now there’s a way you can! Chief Robert and Terri Lynn TallTree have created an audio guided relaxation experience that works in 5 minutes or less. Just click here for more information.
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To your healthy caregiving,
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