Caregiver stress can show in body language with negative results all around
Posted Mar 19 2011 12:00am
Note: I apologize for the bad link last week. The article was unavailable from the source. It's now fixed.
Our body language affects those we care for. If we are stressed and our movements show it, our care receiver is likely to feel that stress. That, in turn, can make the care receiver more stressed and cranky. We then can create a negative cycle. Ideally, caregivers will learn to work off stress away from the care receiver, so he or she can present a calm and loving presence for their loved one. Have you ever had a day where you realize, after the fact, that your movements were jerky, you were hurried with everything you did, your teeth were clenched, perhaps your breathing was shallow?