Are you caring for three generations in your household: parent, spouse/partner, and children? This can be quite challenging, especially with parents suffering from Alzheimer's and young children, constantly juggling priorities. What is more important? Taking care of someone who raised you or raising your children? Having a stable relationship with your spouse/partner? Your health and well being? For many of you who are employed full time, this goes a lot deeper. Those missed work hours may affect job performance. Working from home during the Coronavirus has further enlightened these challenges.
First give yourself a round of applause: you have stepped up to the plate to remain in that sandwich! Then examine the situation and determine if you are suffering from compassion fatigue. Symptoms: depression, lack of or too much sleep, weight gain or loss, drinking a little more than usual, irritable, or suffering from health problems such as high blood pressure.
It is time to step back and reflect on the challenges and what steps (if any) you can take to relieve the pressure. Sometimes we do not want to ask for help, especially from that sibling who has done so little. It's now time to demand assistance! Revisit your finances; can you set aside funds for a part-time home health aide or an adult day care? Find someone you trust to care for them so that you can get out of the house, even if it's just for a few hours. Exercise is key to letting off some steam; at minimum 10 minutes of meditation per day. Whatever you do never sacrifice your own health.