If you're feeling stressed, you are not alone. According to a 2011 national survey by the American Psychological Association, individuals providing care to a family member
- report higher levels of stress and lower levels of health than the general population;
- feel "overwhelmed" by the demands of caregiving;
- sense they're doing a "poor/fair" job of managing stress or getting enough sleep;
- are more likely than noncaregivers to have a chronic illness.
To top it off, the survey also found that family caregivers tend to manage stress in less healthy ways than the general public.
To support you in turning your personal statistics around, use these research-proven techniques for stress management: