Mary Alexander: Hi! I am Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care. Today I am talking about the emotional ups and downs of family care giving. The results of a recent Home Instead Senior Care study show the realities of varying emotions that family caregivers experience.
For example, most caregiver said that they feel both loved and overwhelmed; many other said that they feel both frustration and appreciation. And still others feel both anxious and satisfied.
Dr. Amy Dupree, a care giving expert says that experiencing these mixed emotions is normal. Care giving is similar to other life events such as marriage and children that can also bring conflicting feelings.
The difference are the usual intensity of care giving situations and the lack of planning that generally precipitate the need for care.
If you feel that you shouldn't express some of the more difficult emotions you feel about family care giving, you aren't alone. More than one third of family caregivers feel that they cannot express their true feelings that are associated with their role as a family caregiver.
They feel that they have to hide or repress these feelings. Here is a list of some of the most common, challenging emotions and characteristics that are associated with family care giving.
Anxiety, depression, moodiness, frustration, feeling out of control, remember if you experience any of these it's okay, as a family caregiver it's important to acknowledge and recognize that it's normal to feel many different, contrary and sometimes difficult emotions. It's also very important not to bury them.