-Dr. Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC
Being a caregiver requires a lot of patience, a lot of time, and a lot of understanding. Most often than not, caregivers become very busy taking care of others and forget about themselves, resulting in frustration, stress, and anxiety or also called “Caregiver Burnout”.
Caregiver Burnout is when a caregiver is tired emotionally, physically, and mentally. This makes caregiving extremely difficult. In order to prevent such a burnout, it is recommended to just sit down and relax! Take a day/week off and spend it with friends, watch a movie, go shopping, stay in bed all day, or whatever it is that helps relieve stress. When doing these stress relieving activities, always remember that you deserve it after all the hard work and dedication you put into taking care of your parent or loved one. No need to feel guilty!
Symptoms of Caregiver Burnout:
- Sleep Deprivation – sleepless nights
- Increased Anxiety – not being able to relax
- Overreacting to minor things – being unable to control patience
- Hopelessness – being too emotional and feeling helpless
- Significant Weight Change – unhealthy eating habits
Ways to Prevent Caregiver Burnout:
- Make time for yourself
- Ask for help when needed
- Share your feelings instead of bottling it up
- Get enough sleep
- Eat Healthy
- Get Exercise