“I Don’t Have Burnout, But I’m Still Stressed”: Understanding Chronic Stress

Chronic Stress Understanding: Unmasking the Hidden Impact

Many caregivers experience chronic stress, yet have enough resources to not descend into full-blown burnout.

The Deceptive Thoughts: Unveiling False Beliefs

In this case, parents and caregivers are often lulled into thinking:

  • I can push through this. What choice do I have anyway?
  • This will never change. Why bother anyone?
  • Others have it worse than me. I can’t complain.

Sound familiar?

The Tricky Deceivers: The Power of Untrue Thoughts

Unfortunately, these untrue thoughts are convincing liars. Our brains believe them because we are tired, we are stressed, and our energy to fend off those nasty little boogers is depleted.

The Far-Reaching Impact: Consequences of Chronic Stress

Chronic stress has serious negative consequences on our physical and mental health, our relationships, and our parenting styles. An estimated 20% of caregivers experience depression, and in certain subsets, the percentage is much higher.

Unmasking the Effects: Delving into Consequences and Strategies

In the next few posts, we’ll look at specific consequences of chronic stress as well as strategies to overcome it. Stay tuned!

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