It is predicted that the amount of adults over 65 will double by the year 2030. To clarify, that means that there will 72 million senior citizens in the United States, which means that the field of caregiving is expected to expand to accommodate their needs. While this is good news for those wanting to dedicate their lives to the noble field of health care, there is a warning that comes with it.
In our society, we are already reluctant to take care of ourselves. Our country already holds rather archaic views on taking time off. One in four Americans do not receive paid vacation time. You are not guaranteed paid maternity leave, and the idea of father's taking time off when a new baby arrives is hardly considered. In a world where you are expected to give your all to companies who will not even reimburse you leisure time for your hard work, it is imperative that you learn proper self care. This could not be more true for those interested in being a caregiver.
More than half of caregivers say that they are stressed by their work. In addition to reporting frequent stress, their levels are higher than the average person. They are also more likely to report that they are doing a poor job at managing their stress and engaging in self care. Because stress is directly correlated with chronic health problems, it is not surprising that caregivers are also 23% more likely to develop chronic health issues than the average person. These are just some of the ways that being a caregiver puts a person in a more vulnerable position when it comes to the ramifications of stress.
Luckily, hypnosis is a viable option for managing stress. Studies regarding hypnosis for stress relief revealed that hypnosis is 98.9% effective, even after accounting for those who have more difficulty being hypnotized. In addition, these participants benefited from the physiological and psychological effects of healthy stress management, such as lower blood pressure, restful sleep and leveled emotions. (Psychosomatic Medicine Report)
If you or someone you know struggles with chronic stress, don't hesitate to contact me to see how my services can help you.