When you’re overwhelmed

What do you do when you feel overwhelmed?

My daughter Ranna, who is still struggling with agonizing health issues that are the results of her cancer treatments, often needs my help.

Just as my husband Tom and I are settling down to watch an evening program on the history channel, Ranna calls, “Mother, can you help me with my medicine?”

Or, when I’m working on a real estate contract in my home office, Tom, who also has some health issues, appears and wants to talk.

I enjoy talking to my husband. And, usually I’m happy to help my daughter.

I know that I have chosen to make helping my daughter and my husband an important priority. I know that I can’t do everything and that I need time for myself.

But occasionally I feel overwhelmed. I feel as if someone is always needing my help. I feel guilty about what I haven’t done. I worry about keeping my business going and all of the things that I need to do. I feel as if I am running as fast as I can, but still not doing enough.

What’s the solution? There is no easy solution. Caregivers have difficult jobs. But there are some helpful steps we can take.

If I’m feeling overwhelmed, I try to remember what I can do to relieve my stress. I take a break. Stop and do something to take care of myself. Plan ahead. Get help. Talk to a friend.

We’ll talk about some of these steps in future blog posts.

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