Avoiding Caregiver Burnout

In caregiving, Health on October 19, 2011 at 2:11 am

Burn out is very real and happens overnight if you are not careful and don’t pay attention to the signs; caregiving becomes impossible and is no longer a healthy option for you or the person you are caring for. Watch for these signs of burnout:

* Feeling overwhelmed, hopeless and helpless
* You no longer have the energy you used to
* It seems like you catch every cold or bug that is going around
* Your life revolves around the person you are caring for and you no longer get any satisfaction from caregiving
* You are increasingly irritable and impatient with the person you are caring for and others around you
* You can not relax even when you have help
* You are constantly exhausted even after taking a break or sleeping
* You neglect your own needs whether it’s because you feel like you don’t have time or you don’t care

Don’t try to do it alone, if you take on all of the responsibility for caregiving without assistance or real breaks from it you are sure to experience burnout. This is a real threat to your own health and who will be taking care of you then? Get other family members to do their part or get a service to help with respite care, transportation and/or home health aide services.

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