Welcome to the “Conquer Your Battlefield” podcast, where we come together to discuss some of the more significant struggles, and metaphorical battlefields, that we’ve faced along our journeys, and share some insight on how we’ve conquered them.
I’m JD McGibney, and today I’ll be chatting with a woman that combines jazzy elegance, with the power and confidence of heavy metal. A woman that instantly becomes the life of any party, she’s the singer of the Acid Doom band Old Blood, and even knows where “Ronkonkoma” is on the Long Island Railroad: Ms. Cat Braithwaite!
Today we’re going to be talking about Caregiver Stress. Using the definition provided by The Mayo Clinic, Caregiver Stress is simply the emotional and physical stress of caregiving. A caregiver is anyone who provides help to another person in need, such as an ill spouse or partner, a disabled child, or an aging relative.
Caregiver Stress is a type of burnout that can manifest itself in many ways. Some of which include: Feeling overwhelmed or constantly worried, being tired and having irregular sleep patterns, Gaining or losing weight, becoming easily irritated or angry, losing interest in activities you used to enjoy, feeling sad, having frequent headaches or body pains, or even substance abuse.