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Avoid Caregiver Burnout


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

  • Irritability

  • Body aches and pains

  • Constant worrying

  • Lack of energy

  • Appetite changes

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • 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


References

https://www.healthline.com/health/health-caregiver-burnout#takeaway

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/caregiver-stress-and-burnout.htm

Image source: helpguide.org




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