Ways to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Posted on May 2, 2022 by shieldsandboris

Caring for a loved one is demanding and taxing. While you accept the role with a big open heart, you hardly ever understand what the job entails until you are deep into it. Often by that time it is difficult to ask for help and find time for yourself.

Caregiver burnout is very real. It is often accompanied by feelings of loneliness, overwhelm and stress. By taking steps to avoid feeling burnt out you can handle more and for longer periods.

Practice acceptance. Finding the joy in being the person trusted to care for your loved one should be source of pride. Accept your role and embrace the responsibility given to you. It is an act of love and devotion that should be celebrated.

Ask for help. Caregiving is often a 24/7 job and does not have to be performed by the same person all the time. Delegate and ask for help.

Take breaks. Schedule time for yourself away from the person receiving care. It is important to care for yourself while you care for others. A weekly outing to recharge your batteries will do wonders for you and the person you are caring for.

Get support. There are resources available in communities across the country to help caregivers. A quick online search can help you locate respite care, support groups and other caregiver aids.

Practice self care. You are of little use to anyone else if you are not healthy and balanced yourself. Take time every day to show yourself self-love and care.

Be honest. Don’t paint a picture for others that all is well and you are adjusting to the role with ease. Be honest about the hardships and the troubles you are having as a caregiver when people inquire. Most people do not understand how difficult it is until you tell them.

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