Being a caregiver is a very demanding responsibility, and the constant emotional stress and long hours can eventually lead anyone to burnout. This is a real problem, but unfortunately is rarely discussed. Here are the warning signs to be on the lookout for:
Warning signs for caregiver burnout:
- Lost interest in activities normally enjoyed
- Hostility towards who the caregiver is taking care of
- Day to day mood is worse
- Less socializing with family and friends
- Trouble falling asleep
- Change in weight
The first step for any caregiver to be able to effectively address the issue of burnout is to recognize that they are indeed suffering from it. Once that has been done, here are some ways you can relieve stress:
- Having a good friend that is always willing to talk
- Take a quick 15 minute break when feeling overwhelmed
- The caregiver still must give themselves a good amount of free time to destress and unwind. Maintaining a good work – life balance will make you happier and more effective at providing care.
- Take advantage of respite care, which allows the caregiver to take a short break from their responsibilities and go on a vacation, weekend trip or just stay home and relax.