Caregiver stress creeps up on you
Caring for an older adult is a tough job that leads to caregiver stress. A big problem is that many caregivers don’t even realize they’re stressed.
There’s a story that says if you put a frog into a boiling pot of water, it will jump out immediately. But, if you put the frog in a pot of cold water and slowly raise the temperature, it won’t even notice the heat until it’s cooked.
Many caregivers are like the frog in the story. Your caregiving tasks, responsibilities, and stress levels have been increasing slowly so you don’t even notice that you’re now overwhelmed, burned out, and suffering physically.
Why it’s important to know your level of stress
Caregivers often say “It’s ok, I can handle it.” or “My friend Joan is in a much more difficult situation.” Most of us are in denial about being affected by stress.
To avoid being boiled alive like the frog, it’s important to measure your stress levels. That way, if you see that your stress is higher than it used to be or if it’s already off the charts, you’ll know when it’s critical to arrange a respite break or some caregiving help.
How to know if you’re stressed out: a quick quiz
We found a quick, free 18-question quiz that helps you monitor stress. There are 16 simple Yes / No questions about your situation and 2 basic questions about your current stress level and health.
It’s important to answer the questions honestly. This test is for your eyes only and helps you understand the reality of your situation.
What to do with your quiz score
This test is a good guideline, but isn’t an official test from a doctor. It’s a tool that helps you be honest with yourself. If you’re very stressed, the questions help you figure out what areas you need help in.
Regular check-ins are helpful
It’s a good idea to take this test regularly. Keep your previous tests and compare your scores to see if things are getting better, worse, or staying the same.
Stress is sneaky and often creeps up on you. That’s how it can do so much damage to your body and mind without you even noticing. Don’t let stress build up unnoticed, take this quick quiz today.