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“Recognizing Caregiving Stress in Employees”

Hope Sedaghat - July 08, 2011 09:15 AM

Why it Matters 

Modern life is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations, and demands. For many people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. But when one is constantly running in emergency mode, as is often the case for a family caregiver, the mind and body pay the price.

Long-term exposure to stress can lead to serious health problems, as chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in the body. It can:

  • Raise blood pressure
  • Suppress the immune system
  • Increase the risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Speed up the aging process
  • And long term, stress can even rewire the brain, leaving employees more vulnerable to anxiety and depression

The result of long-term exposure to stress for a company’s employees will be more absences and increased healthcare benefit utilization.

Recognizing the Signs of Stress

When under pressure, behavior can present as:

  • Talking too fast or too loud
  • Yawning
  • Fiddling and twitching, nail biting, grinding teeth, drumming fingers, pacing, etc.
  • Bad moods: irritability, being critical, overly sensitive replies, anger and irrationality when responding to problems and people
  • Being unreasonably negative
  • Making less realistic judgments
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Being more forgetful
  • Making more mistakes
  • Being more accident prone
  • Disorganization, confusion and worry
  • Changing work habits
  • Increased absenteeism
  • Neglect of personal appearance and personal hygiene

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