I recently came across a list of Caregiver Stress Signs. I know it was meant for people who are caring for an ill family memeber, but as I read it I couldn't help but identify most of the conditions with motherhood.
Here's a sample.
*Having trouble sleeping
Mom, I had a bad dream. Can I sleep with you?
*Easily irritated by almost any situation
What? We're out of toilet paper? Arghhh!
Hubby: Hi, honey. How was your day?
Me: Please don't make me talk about it. *sniff*
*Tired most or all of the time
*Noticing that you interrupt others' conversations
But, Mom! Why can't I go over to/ I told you NO, and I meant it. That's final!
*Chronically late for appointments or even social activities
What do you mean you can't find your shoes? I told you to put them by the door when you took them off!
So, what do you think? Can you identify with any of these signs of caregiver stress?
I read through the list and chuckled. Yes. I often feel this way.
So glad God is big enough to carry me through moments when I'm a stressed-out caregiver.
Looking forward to the next couple of days with my husband. The kids are going to Grandma's and we're going away.
I'll be back to blogging on Monday. See you then!