The Silent Struggles of Caregivers

Caregiver, a noble role, however exhausting. Caregivers may be overlooked in society, as they are seen as people without ‘elite’ jobs. A biased opinion indeed. The duties of caregivers are numerous, and in fact, never ending because the needs of people are continuous! These are persons entrusted with the care of orphans, disabled persons, elderly, and babies. Many of those being cared for are unable to do basic tasks alone or even unable to communicate clearly. The job of the caregiver would involve assisting in (or in many cases, actually doing) the everyday tasks of individuals which may include activities as simple as walking or taking a bath. The caregiver does not only focus on the assisting in physical tasks, but ensures the person is healthy, mentally stable, feeling at ease, comfortable, and more.

While time is constantly being spent on the wellness of others, the caregiver may not find the time or energy for maintaining their own well-being. Self care is usually neglected, and the needs for happiness, love, belonging may not be fulfilled. The fact that the caregiver is unable to dedicate time for themselves will no doubt, result in tension, built up emotions, burnout and maybe even depression. The neglect of releasing frustrations and emotions incurred during the days and nights spent caring of someone else will eventually lead to outbursts of anger and misery. The job of a caregiver is high paced and can be frustrating at times. The caregiver may even begin to feel isolated and lonely due to little time for friends, family, or even oneself. These feelings, when contained and combined for a period of time can lead to depression.

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The struggles of caregivers are often underestimated and the manifestations of their neglected and built up emotions may be judged as being too clingy , complains to much, or even being annoying. However,  these behaviours may actually be due to the work and efforts put into their duties and the sacrifices they endure.

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If you are a caregiver, then know that you are appreciated by the people you care for and society, even though you may not receive direct compensation or thanks. You are an important person in the community and your role is definitely essential!

If you know a caregiver, be sure to show your appreciation often. A simple word of thanks, compliments, and good treatment can be fulfilling. Treat those persons in charge of caring of the persons who cannot care for themselves, with respect, love, and appreciation!

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2 thoughts on “The Silent Struggles of Caregivers

  1. Caregiving is mentally and physically draining. Initiating a dependable support group helps prevent caregiver stress and eventual burnout. Respite care is vital for the caregiver. These short-term breaks enable the caregiver to de-stress and recharge. Alleviating stress caused by caregiving duties allows the caregiver to provide constant quality care to their patient/loved-one. Thank you for your post!

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  2. YEs! I am a wife and mom of three one with autism and epilepsy. In the beginning when my son was younger I neglected self care and did not have much respite. Now, Jaiden is 12 and I am most grateful to be able to work full time again as grandma is our respite help. It is so important to take care of your mind, body and spirit when caregiving. Love this post!

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