It’s certainly noble to want to be there for a family member, especially if they’re going through an extremely difficult time. This could be recovery following a hospitalization, having difficulty with diminished strength as they get older, or some other similar circumstance. When you take it upon yourself to be their caregiver, whether it’s your spouse, aging parent, or somebody else, you will give up a lot of your own time.
It’s essential that you avoid giving up your entire life.
It’s easy to get caught up in the desire to look after a loved one, especially a spouse or aging parent, for example, to the point where you no longer spend quality time with your friends, other family members, or even pursuing things that are important to you.
A lot of family caregivers feel like they have given up their own life.
They feel like it’s their responsibility to look after this loved one. They may even feel guilty if they consider the prospect of turning their back on them. They don’t feel like they have a choice, in other words.
Giving up your own life is a major sacrifice.
You may very well be required to do this for your own children when they are under age, but even as adults, many people sacrifice to give their children the best opportunity in life. They will even sacrifice to take care of their aging parents, giving up their work, career ambitions, time with friends, exercising at the gym, and so much more.
What’s the risk of doing these things?
The main risk is enduring a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety. When a person gives up things they enjoy to look after somebody else, they will have less time to relax, unwind, and feel as though their life is theirs. They feel as though they’re losing control of their own destiny.
When that happens, they start setting aside things that are also important at its basic level for themselves, including eating healthy, keeping their own house clean, and spending time with their spouse or other loved ones.
When the sacrifices are made, and when they are made week after week, month after month, the stress of being a caregiver will build. When that happens, it will start to have a negative impact on a person’s physical, emotional, and possibly even their mental health and well-being.
For those who feel like they are giving up their own life as a family caregiver, it’s important to realize there are other options, including home care support services.
If you or a family member are in need of home care to reduce caregiver stress in Boca Raton, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770. Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.
She gained another 20 year of administrative and marketing experience within the Florida healthcare market before accepting the position with Star Multi Care. Focusing on advocating for seniors has always been her passion and she plans on continuing this quest while working with Star.
Liza spends much of her free time volunteering with advocacy groups.She currently is a Florida Elder Mediator, the Chairman for the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Secretary of the Alzheimers’ Family Center, and sits on the Advisory Council for the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County.
Her family also remains a priority in her life.Ms. Erazo raised her two children while working and pursuing her Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice.She prides herself in the joys her three grandchildren bestow upon her and values the time she spends with them.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi
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