Caregiver stress is a daily fact of life for many caregivers.
Caregiving often takes a great deal of time, effort, and work. Many
caregivers struggle to balance their lives including full-time jobs
and caring for children.1
Constant stress can lead to "burnout" and health problems
for the caregiver. Additionally, caregivers may feel guilty,
frustrated, and angry from time to time. Your level of stress is
influenced by many factors, including the following1:
Whether your caregiving is voluntary
If you feel you had no choice in taking on the
responsibilities, the chances are greater that you will experience
strain, distress, and resentment.
Your relationship with the care recipient
Sometimes people care for another with the hope of healing a
relationship. If healing does not occur, you may feel regret and
Your coping abilities
How you coped with stress in the past predicts how you will
cope now. Identify your current coping strengths so that you can
build on them.
Your caregiving situation
Some caregiving situations are more stressful than others. For
example, caring for a person with dementia is often more stressful
than caring for someone with a physical limitation.
Whether support is available
Understand where resources are available.