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Sometimes, It’s Just Good to Vent

Caregiver Stress in Dover NH

Have you ever been in a situation where the anger and frustration was so intense you just had to scream? Maybe you decided to punch a pillow, kick something, or just run around until you were exhausted. As a family caregiver, you’re probably dealing with a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety on a daily basis. Sometimes you may reach the point where anger and frustration builds and you have to vent.

Sometimes, venting is a good thing.

Caregiver Stress in Dover NH

Caregiver Stress in Dover NH

There are some who believe venting their frustrations and anger is a bad thing, but if you keep things bottled up, don’t talk about them, or have no one with whom to discuss them, it’s only going to fester. It can be like a cancer that starts to consume you from the inside.

If you don’t vent in your own way, in a healthy manner, you could end up frustrated, angry, and yelling at the elderly family member you’re taking care of. You can get frustrated, snap at a spouse, boss, coworker, or friend.

These outbursts can catch you at any time. Usually, though, they catch us at the worst possible time.

It’s important to vent in a healthy way.

Venting in a negative, destructive way is never good. It’s not going to help you, it’s not going to help the person you’re caring for, and it’s not going to help your relationships, work life, or other situations.

You need to be able to vent your frustrations in a healthy manner. What constitutes a healthy way of venting?

If you need that physical release, going for a jog is one great way to vent your frustrations. Punching a pillow isn’t bad, as long as nobody else is sleeping on it at that time.

Walking into a quiet house, all on your own, and screaming can sometimes be okay, but it certainly can do potential damage to your vocal cords. Instead, you can talk about the things you’re dealing with, your frustrations, and anger with a friend, colleague, or even a therapist.

Why more people choose not to vent.

Many people think venting their frustrations and anger is negative all the time. They assume they just need to ‘handle the situation.’ For the family caregiver taking care of an aging parent, for example, they may feel this is their responsibility. As a result, any feelings of extreme frustration may be viewed as guilty, selfish, and unnecessary.

When you’re a family caregiver, if you reach the point where you need to vent, but don’t have the time to do so in a healthy manner, it’s time to think about alternatives, especially hiring a home care aide to look after that aging loved one.

If you or someone you know needs home care to reduce caregiver stress in Dover, NH, contact the staff at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at 603-343-4434 for more information.

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Martha Berk, RN

Owner and Administrator at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care, LLC
Martha Berk has been a registered nurse specializing in geriatrics for more than 20 years. Her goal was to create a company that would allow seniors to stay in their homes and enjoy the home life they always had. She believes seniors should not have to give up the lives they have always known just because they need a helping hand. She is committed to help seniors maintain quality of life and live every moment to the fullest!

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