Is caring for a loved one stressful?
Caring for a loved one can be both one of the most fulfilling and most demanding experiences you will ever have. Over time, caregiving can take a toll on your physical and emotional health, but it can offer benefits and blessings, as well. Caring for a loved one affects people in different ways.
To find out how being a caregiver is affecting you, answer “yes” or “no” to the five statements below:
- Helping my loved one has led to symptoms in my physical or emotional health.
- Being a caregiver has created work-related or financial difficulties.
- Caring for my loved one has led to isolation or difficulties with my family or friends.
- Caregiving responsibilities sometimes make me feel pessimistic, uncertain, or overwhelmed.
- Helping my loved one has taken more satisfaction from my life than it has given me.
These items provide a snapshot of the consequences of caregiving. More “yes” answers indicate that you see signs of stress in your health, work life, finances, family relationships