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How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

September 28, 2021

Whether you’re a loved one caring for a family member or caregiving is your profession, at times it could be challenging and stressful. Caregiver burnout is where you feel physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion from caring for another individual. Most caregivers throughout the United States are those caring for an individual 65 years or older. Thankfully there are different ways to prevent burnout and continue being a great caregiver to your loved one.

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What are Some Caregiver Burnout Symptoms?

  1. Depression, anxiety, or mood swings
  2. A feeling of hopelessness, withdrawing from friends and family
  3. Change in eating habits, weight gain, or weight loss
  4. Change in eating habits, weight gain, or weight loss
  5. Sleeping problems
  6. Lack of energy and feeling fatigued
  7. Physical issues such as headaches or stomach issues
  8. Becoming frequently impatient or irritable

How to Prevent Caregiver Burnout

Ask for Help

Needing an extra hand only means you cannot do it all yourself, allow yourself breaks to regroup and recharge. More help can ease the stress and allow us to still focus on ourselves while being there for your loved ones.

Meditate, Pray, Stretch, etc.

Do whatever calms yourself and do what you enjoy, even if it is only for 15 minutes out of the day. Remember to take time for yourself to destress.

Join a Support Group

If you feel alone, be sure to talk to others that are in the same boat as you. This can lift your spirits and help you think through any problems you might be struggling with.

At the end of the day, there are many ways to prevent burnout and still have time for the individual you are caring for. Reach out to the community around you, friends, and family and ask for an extra hand. But also know, you are not alone, this situation can happen and is normal, but it’s better to tackle it beforehand and take care of yourself so you can be there for others.

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