The demands of life and caregiving can be overwhelming especially in a pandemic season where we may have little control over things. Whether caring for a loved one or working as a paid caregiver its important to recognize the signs of burnout and how to prevent it. There are steps you can take to alleviate some of the stress and achieve balance, happiness and wellbeing.
What is Caregiver Burnout?
Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion. It is accompanied by a change in attitude, from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned.
Burnout happens when the caregiver does not get the help that is needed or when they are required to do more than they are able physically or financially.
Caregiver burnout may be harmful to the person receiving care and the caregiver as well.
SIGNS OF CAREGIVER BURNOUT
Body aches and pains
Lack of energy
Ignoring health issues and well-being
Shunning family, friends and loved ones
Lack of interest in hobbies
Changes in sleep pattern
HOW TO PREVENT CAREGIVER BURNOUT
Stay on top of your personal health. Keep your routine doctors’ appointments
Have a to-do list handy
Use respite care. Breaks help relieve some of your stress. Use the time to do things that relax you and improve your mood
Seek counseling and help
Prioritize getting adequate sleep. Getting enough rest is important to maintain your stamina
Make time for an activity you enjoy doing
Have a plan of care for your loved one
Take part in regular physical activities
These tips and many more resources are available at the reference links below. Remember, it is essential to care for your self in order to adequately care for others.
By: Anita Amos, Senior Care Coordinator
Adult Alternative Home Care
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