Are You Dealing with Loneliness as a Caregiver?

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Caregiving can be incredibly lonely, even if you’re with other people a lot. How you try to manage your loneliness is what really makes a big difference to your future as a caregiver.

Home Health Care in Tamarac FL: Caregiver Loneliness
Home Health Care in Tamarac FL: Caregiver Loneliness

Common Signs of Loneliness

Some of the common signs of loneliness might look like something else to you at first. You might feel as if friends and family don’t reach out to you anymore or that you don’t have time for socializing with other people. If you feel like you don’t have anyone that you can count on or talk to, that’s another sign that you’re feeling lonely. You might find that you’re around quite a few people and yet you still feel lonely. That’s not unusual, particularly for caregivers.

Find Ways to Connect with People You Encounter

It can be difficult to reach out to the people around you, even when you’re feeling lonely. You might be concerned about rejection or feel that the people around you don’t really care about you. The first step in getting over that is that you need to simply need to reach out. Joining a support group can really help with this. Other caregivers understand how awkward it can feel to reach through the fog of loneliness to make connections.

Dig Deeper Into Your Feelings

You might feel as if you spend way too much time digging into your own emotions as it is, but you need to get a little farther into them, at least for a little bit. Journaling can help you to sort through your emotions and to get to the root of why you’re experiencing some of them. Remember not to judge what you’re feeling. Your feelings are valid and they can help you to understand what’s going on.

Acknowledge All that You Do and Give Yourself Kudos

As a caregiver, you accomplish an awful lot on any given day. It can be really difficult to accept that from other people or even from yourself, though. Instead of beating yourself up, acknowledge that you’re doing so much and that you deserve to have relationships and everything else that you need.

Your mental health and well-being are incredibly important to your ability to remain a caregiver. If you’re experiencing loneliness, you need to take steps now to solve that issue. This can help you to deal with other difficult emotions that you might be experiencing, as well.

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About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.