Overcoming the Emotional Obstacles of Caregiving

Julia Little  |  July 20, 2011

There are a lot of tips out there for caregivers when it comes to coping with stress, but these guides sometimes fall short for families dealing with the other complex emotions that are often part of the daily responsibilities of assisting a loved one.

Chief among these is guilt. It's easy to start thinking that you should be doing more for someone, but Caring.com recommends trying to "lower your standards from the ideal to the real." No matter what, remind yourself that you're doing what you can.

Resentment is another feeling that can occasionally trouble a caregiver, mostly because a loved one requires so much help that it starts to become difficult to balance his or her needs with those of your own or others close to you.

Anxiety can also take hold and be hard to shake. Whether you're lying awake at night worrying or constantly imagining the worst-case scenario, try meditating or seek out a support group.

Another way to help reduce the risk of these negative emotions is to look into assisted living facilities, where a senior can be safe and comfortable and a caregiver's burden will be lessened. These warm and friendly communities keep older adults healthy and engaged each day so that you can rest assured that a loved one is receiving the best possible care.