Stress and burnout are well-documented side effects of being a caregiver. As for myself, I know that I risk triggering double or triple meltdowns with every little decision I make all day long. As the primary caregiver, I can see that my daily choices will quickly turn into my son’s future, for better or for worse. That’s the source of my stress.
On the bright side, I like to think that the incessant demands on my attention have sharpened my mental and physical reflexes – whether acting as a human shield to break falls and prevent crashes, or intervening with my home remedies in a crisis. The impact of those little decisions is amazing.