Stress Awareness Month

April is stress awareness month

April is Stress Awareness Month, and as such we would like to recognise and talk about the stress and pressures that are faced by family caregivers.

It’s estimated that there are around 5 million people in England and Wales who are providing unpaid care, and as our ageing population is growing, these figures are expected to rise.

Home Instead decided to carry out some research in 2023 to explore the impact that this was having on family carers. 2,000 family caregivers were surveyed and the results offered some worrying insights:

  • 88% feel that they are neglecting their own health and wellbeing
  • 65% admit to struggling with their mental health
  • 86% say they feel guilty about not doing enough for their parents
  • 71% feel guilty about not being able to put enough into their work and 75% worrying about neglecting their careers.

In addition to the guilt, there are also other issues that are concerning in regards to mental health and wellbeing:

  • 45% feel isolated or trapped by being a carer
  • 57% feel exhausted
  • 38% feel they are juggling too much
  • 33% feel overwhelmed and helpless

Being aware of the effects that stress can have is crucial as chronic stress can lead to variety of health issues, including cardiovascular problems, a weakened immune system and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Stress can manifest in various ways, including changes in behaviour, mood swings and decreased productivity, and can also place a strain on relationships. Being aware of the stress that yourself or someone close to you is under can help you to communicate more effectively with your loved ones what support could be needed.

Family caregivers are often unable to see a way out of their situation, and can be uncertain of what steps to take next. We are used to helping families in crisis, people who don’t know where to go for help. We want to help to improve people’s understanding of what help is available and where to find it.

For more information on ways that we can be of help, please give us a call on 01270 611555.