When someone you love has COPD, it can be difficult to watch them take labored breaths and you may feel helpless as a result. Although you want to help, you are not sure how you can. This type of situation can add stress and frustration to your own life, and can even cause you to experience health issues. This is one of the reasons why it is so important for family members to find compassionate and understanding COPD caregiver support.
Letting Your Health Decline Does Not Benefit Your Loved One
One of the most common symptoms experienced by caregivers is depression. In fact, the chronic stress of caring for someone long term can lead to caregivers developing health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and a weakened immune system. These conditions occur because of the duration of high levels of stress hormones in the body.
The levels of these hormones that are in the body are comparable to the levels that are found in those who are suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is critical that as a caregiver you minimize your stress and try to live as healthy as you can. Finding a good COPD caregiver support group can help you find effective ways to manage your stress.
Know the Warning Signs
You may realize that all of your waking moments are spent taking care of the needs of your loved one with COPD. This constant care can wear out even the healthiest caregiver, and this is why it is not uncommon for caregivers to begin to show physical and mental signs of stress. Some of these symptoms include:
- Constant fatigue
- Weight loss
- Weight gain
- A feeling of being overwhelmed
Fortunately, there are things that you can do to help reduce stress while also ensuring that your loved oneâ€™s quality of care is not sacrificed.
Do Not Be Afraid To Ask For COPD Caregiver Support
The first thing caregivers need to realize is that if they attempt to handle all of the caregiving on their own, they will eventually become sick. If this occurs, you will not be able to care for anyone, including your loved one. You should never feel guilty about handing over responsibilities to another family member or even a professional caregiver. The respite care you receive can improve your health tremendously.
Locate a COPD caregiver support group in your area to get the emotional support you need. You can also hire an agency to help you with the professional assistance you need when caring for your loved one.
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