Anxiety as a caregiver looks a lot like anxiety in general, but it is likely confined to issues you experience as a caregiver. You might also find that you’re only worried about what might happen if you don’t do everything right as a caregiver, which can be extremely overwhelming.
You Worry about the Same Problems Constantly
One of the hallmarks of anxiety is that you might find yourself constantly revisiting the same problems over and over. This is true even if you know that this is a problem that you’re not going to be able to solve. This might even be a situation that you might not feel you have any control over. For instance, you try to avoid thinking about the situation, but it keeps popping up.
You’re Always Prepared for the Worst
It’s not a bad thing to be prepared for the worst, but when you find yourself always assuming that the news you get is going to be bad that’s a problem. You might also find that you’re prepping for bad situations that aren’t necessarily going to happen. The reason this is a problem is that over-preparing for bad things that aren’t going to happen wastes your time and your energy.
You Might not Be Sleeping Well
Anxiety, especially extreme anxiety, can keep you from getting the sleep that you need. When that starts happening, you don’t have the emotional defenses against anxiety and you get even deeper into its grip. Problems sleeping can show up in a variety of ways. You might have classic insomnia, in which you can’t get to sleep at all, or you might be able to fall asleep for a short period of time. Then you wake up, usually in the middle of the night, and the anxiety is in control.
You Might Experience Physical Issues
Anxiety affects you mentally and emotionally, but it can also affect you physically. Sleep problems are one of the most obvious physical issues, but you might also experience headaches, racing heart rate, and other physical signs that can be scary. It might be time to talk to your own doctor if you’re at this point.
Too much anxiety doesn’t do you or anyone else any good. If you’re experiencing heightened anxiety as a caregiver, you need to work out why you’re feeling that way. You may find that your anxiety is a symptom of a bigger problem, like ignoring your own self-care. Often fixing the underlying problem helps to resolve the anxiety.
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