Self Care – How to Take Care of Your Aging Loved Ones with the Support You Need
Are you practicing self care? Did you know that a quarter of those who take care of their loved ones are millennials? And 15% of them are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia. The average age of those caregivers is 27 and they spend approximately 21 hours a week caring for someone. That is usually on top of the hours they spend working, doing housework, and caring for other loved ones like children. Taking care of your loved ones can be a stressful job and you may need help and not even realize it. If you are feeling overwhelmed or depressed, have had any of the signs of anxiety or depression, or just want to talk to someone, you can contact https://www.betterhelp.com/therapists/ to talk to a licensed professional.
Caregiving is not only stressful, it can be costly as well. Sometimes we have to pay others to help take care of our loved one while we work or give up some of our hours at work, which can also cost us money. Many people who need help do not seek it because they are afraid of the cost. Interestingly, online therapy or counseling is the least expensive mental health care you can get. In fact, with BetterHelp.com, you can talk to a licensed professional anytime of the day or night, as often as you like for only $40 to $70 per week. Compare that to the $250 to $450 per hour that traditional psychologists or psychiatrists charge.
Self Care – Taking Care of You
There are some things that you need to know about taking care of your elderly loved ones. For example, you need to set goals as well as boundaries to keep yourself in good health, physically and mentally. Do not let caring for your parent or other loved one make you sick because that will affect both of you. Who will take care of mom or dad if you fall ill? You are not alone. In fact, almost 18 million people in the United States alone are taking care of someone aged 65 or older. And not only are you not alone in caring for an elderly loved one, you are not alone in being stressed or depressed.
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We know that taking care of your loved ones is important to you and that you would not have it any other way. But you have to make sure that you are taking care of yourself too. Does your day include caring for yourself, your kids, your spouse, and one of both of your parents? Just taking care of yourself can be overwhelming at times so having to take care of everyone else is a huge amount of responsibility. There is nothing wrong with getting help for yourself if you need it. And let’s face it, we all need help sometimes. If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed out or are having any other signs of depression or anxiety, it is essential that you get some help so do not be afraid to ask for it. Practice self care.
Editor’s Note – the information presented is NOT medical advice. Please always consult with your physician when seeking diagnosis and treatment.