You’re in the middle of the morning rush; putting together school lunches, reminding your kids to brush their teeth, running around to find keys/phone/homework/sneakers, and trying to make your 9:00 a.m. meeting. The phone rings, and it’s your dad to tell you about his latest aches and pains and the cold he thinks he’s coming down with. All the while, your little ones are complaining about a sore throat. Welcome to the “sandwich generation” – those who are caring for their parents and children.
According to the American Psychological Association, mothers in the “sandwich generation,” ages 35-54, feel more stress than any other age group as they take on the responsibilities of growing children and their aging parents. It becomes more and more difficult to balance work and life, while still trying to take care of their well-being.
Typically the “sandwich generation” caregivers are predominately women who are married, have children, and also maintain a full time job outside the home. So it’s not surprising that so many moms in this situation are experiencing extreme levels of stress trying to manage all this when there are only 24 hours in a day.
Let’s say your child gets sick during the weekend and you have to make an appointment with the pediatrician. At the same time, you’re not feeling so well either, and now you need to go to your primary care doctor. Who knows how long it will be until you get a scheduled appointment, and now you have to visit two different doctors’ offices.
What if you could go to one place, right now, without making an appointment? AFC Urgent Care is an advanced, state-of-the-art walk-in clinic treating all types of non-life threatening illnesses and injuries so you both can be seen. With locations in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Norwalk, and Shelton, AFC is open 7 days a week with extended hours and offers a more convenient and time saving option than the emergency room (ER). An X-ray and State accredited laboratory are available on-site, and no appointment is ever needed.
AFC Urgent Care offers these tips to help mothers manage stress:
- Prioritize and delegate responsibilities
- Recruit older children and siblings to help with aging parents
- Let go of perfectionism
- Take time to care for yourself by eating well and staying active
- Make health and sleep a priority
- Communicate with your family
- Accept help from friends
Being a sandwich parent is difficult and can be very stressful at times. Know that AFC Urgent Care is here to help make your healthcare decisions and life easier. While juggling all of your responsibilities, do not forget to take care of yourself.
AFC Urgent Care strives to provide the best personalized healthcare possible with follow ups by professional medical staff. Sandwich parents, we’re here for you every day so you can get back to your life. Most major and Connecticut state insurance (Husky, Medicaid and Medicare) plans are accepted.