Processing Change as a Caregiver During COVID-19By Seasons | July 07, 2020
Change is difficult, and it seems to be the only constant these days. At Seasons, we understand the value of self-care and respite for the family caregivers we support.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many caregivers are experiencing increased amounts of pressure, fear, exhaustion, isolation and ongoing emotional trauma. If you are caring for a loved one, this ongoing stress and trauma can have an impact on one’s mental health, safety, and ability to provide the best possible care. Taking steps to manage your stress is just as important as taking care of your physical health.
It’s important to note processing can mean sharing concerns, identifying needs, and venting about the hard stuff.
Processing the fear and worry about your health and the health of your loved ones is key.
Everyone reacts uniquely to stressful situations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlight that fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in both adults and children and can result in significant stress. Caregivers are having to be hypervigilant while navigating prolonged periods of exhausting worry, all while being disconnected from social circles and systems. They are one of the hardest-hit groups by this pandemic as they navigate being impacted on the head, heart, and home fronts. from social circles and systems. They are one of the hardest-hit groups by this pandemic as they navigate being impacted on the head, heart, and home fronts.
We need to use each other now more than ever. Whether it be with friends, neighbors, or colleagues, we need to connect.
Even if this connection happens virtually or at a distance it can help to process all that we’re experiencing. We hope that you find comfort in lyrics from Disney’s latest hit – Frozen 2. A song that emphasizes great love between two friends and how even amidst a pandemic, some things never change. For now, let’s hold tight to that.
Some things never change
Like the feel of your hand in mine
Some things stay the same
Like how we get along just fine
Like an old stone wall that will never fall
Some things are always true
Some things never change
Like how I’m holding on tight to you
Below are some tips from the CDC for processing change as a caregiver during the time of COVID-19:
- Take breaks from consuming media
- Connect with others and open up to people you trust about how you are feeling
- Practice self-care, mindful breathing, stretching, or meditation
- Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals
- Exercise as much as you’re able and get adequate sleep
- Avoid alcohol and drugs
- Make time to unwind and activities such as listening to music, journaling, or crafting
Coping with stress and acknowledging the changes that have been brought about by coronavirus will help to make you and the people you care for stronger. We’re here to support you if you have questions or need someone to talk to.