How To Conquer Caregiver Burnout That Will Help You Now!
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Caregiver burnout happens when a loved one wants no one else
Caregiver burnout is a very serious problem in this day and age. The task of caregiving is a 24×7 job and it can really get overwhelming at times. Being the primary caregiver is a really difficult task. And often takes a toll on the health of the caregiver. Stress, anxiety, depression, anger, frustration, and fear are some of the common feelings experienced by the caregiver. All of these eventually lead to caregiver burnout. Which is certainly not helpful for the caregiver and the concerned loved one. If you are experiencing burnout, you will not be able to give the best care for your loved ones.
Caregiver burnout can be hard, but not impossible. Dealing with this day out and being careful not to irritate the condition any further can cause strain on you, as the caregiver. Overseeing this can cause you to stress because you can’t be in 2 places at one time: taking care of your business and taking care of your loved one. Look into hiring some help. This will give you the opportunity to get some rest and also make sure your loved one is properly cared for.Or maybe you want to spend more time with your family while taking a break from some of the redundant business tasks like sending out emails, returning calls, or organizing files. Let’s chat about how I can be of service to you so you can take care of your business and your loved one.
It is important to realize, caregiving is not an easy task and caregiver burnout can happen quickly. Also, it is necessary that we acknowledge the fact that, the job of caregiving takes a toll on your health. And that you should oblige yourself by recognizing the early signs of stress. Recognizing the early signs and symptoms of stress can help you take effective and realistic steps to reduce stress. And thereby prevent the problem of burnout. The following list should be helpful for you to recognize the early signs of stress and caregiverburnout.
Inability to concentrate
Difficulty in falling asleep
Reacting to even small nuisances
Not taking part in leisure activities
You begin neglecting your responsibilities
More irritated than usual
Suffering from new health problems or worsening of the existing one
Signs and symptoms of caregiver burnout
Feeling tired often and you have less energy
Poor immunity and you seem to catch an infection quite often
You get exhausted even after getting proper sleep
Having feelings of worthlessness and helplessness
You don’t care about your needs any longer and gradually begin neglecting yourself
No longer able to relax even if you have help
The task of caregiving now gives you little satisfaction
You become impatient and irritated with your elderly
The above-mentioned signs and symptoms describe caregiver burnout. It is necessary that you recognize these warning signs. And take steps to prevent the condition from deteriorating further.
Causes of caregiver burnout
Caregiver burnout is a very serious issue. Address the problem as soon as signs and symptoms show up. Learning the causes of caregiver burnout can help take the necessary steps to prevent further problems. The following factors lead to caregiver stress and burnout.
One of the biggest causes of caregiver stress isfear. The caregiver feels that they cannot help their loved one from the problem they are suffering from. The uncertainty that their loved one will not recover with the given treatment. This is a major cause of extreme stress on the caregiver.
Continuous demands and associated isolation
The job of caregiving requires you to be available round the clock. Especially if you are caring for a terminally ill loved one or patient. There are continuous demands and you may find that you have little to no time left for yourself, friends, or social activities. This kind of situation makes you lonely, and in turn, creates the way for stress.
The task of caring for a full–time patient or loved one can be pressurizing. And make you feel that the entire responsibility is on your shoulder. Trying to hold it all together and maintaining everything can put a lot of stressful pressure on you as a caregiver.
All the above-mentioned factors are a source of considerable stress on the part of the caregiver. However, there are many ways by which you can reduce caregiver stress and burnout.
Effective ways of dealing with caregiver burnout
Caregiver burnout has become a common issue. Because of the little attention caregivers give to their health. The task of caregiving is not a one-day affair. But, a long-term challenge, that can create a great deal of stress on the part of the caregiver. Long-term unattended stress can lead to caregiver burnout. Which can be extremely damaging for the caregiver. The following steps can go a long way in helping our caregivers deal with stress and prevent burnout.
Recognize signs of stress
Recognize the warning signs of stress in the initial stages. Stress symptoms when ignored can take a very bad shape after a certain period.
Give yourself a break
Do yourself a favor and take some time out for yourself. Caregiving is an around the clock job. However, when your loved one is taking a nap, you can take 10–15 minutes and indulge in some exercises, or other pleasurable activities. Make laughter a part of your break. Learn to let go of what you cannot control and be at ease about it. Watching funny shows on TV, reading comics, or cracking a joke can pump out those endorphins that will trigger happiness and help you feel better. This will help you release your stress levels.
Being fatigue is the signs our body gives, to say that it needs rest. So, whenever you feel fatigued, it is necessary to rest and listen to your body. Fatigue can cause major health problems and you should find healthy alternatives to deal with it.
Eat a well-balanced meal
Eating a proper diet at the right time helps in keeping your body functioning in the right manner. Get a proper dose of fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats such as fish, olive oil, as well as sources of lean protein. This will help give your body the proper fuel it needs to function.
Get proper sleep
Getting propersleep is important for carrying out all tasks effectively. If you compromise on your sleep to do more work, you would gradually end up getting irritated, frustrated, agitated, and stressed out.
A visit to the doctor becomes necessary when you are not feeling well. You need to appreciate the fact that, when you are not in good health, you cannot take proper care of your loved one. Therefore, put your health first, and pay a visit to the doctor whenever you are not feeling well. Timely treatment will help you recover faster.
Ask for help
The task of caregiving cannot be always accomplished alone. And the greatest benefits can come only when done as teamwork. As a caregiver, you are not expected to act like a superhuman being. Therefore, whenever you are unable to achieve any task alone, or you feel you cannot be at several places at the same time. Then it is best to seek help from other members of the family or friends.
Set realistic goals
Setting realistic goals is important and it would help you achieve your tasks in a better way. However, the goals should also include your regular visits to the doctor. And take time to indulge in activities that you love to do.
As much as possible educate yourself about the disease your loved one is suffering from. Ask the doctors, read journals, surf the internet to gather information about the disease. This will give you realistic ideas about the progression of the disease. And the benefit your patient can have from the treatment. On the other hand, by educating yourself, you would to a certain degree lessen your fear about the future.
Take advantage of support groups
Get connected to a support group. By joining support groups, you would be able to share your troubles and experiences with fellow caregivers. This will give you a sense of satisfaction and you would realize that you aren’t the only one going through all this.
Conclusion for all caregivers
I have been in your shoes as a caregiver for loved ones and patients. For all the caregivers out there, I massively appreciate that you are doing a wonderful job. The job of caregiving is never an easy one and can lead to caregiver burnout. And it really takes patience, perseverance, pain, love, and compassion. The task of caring for someone you love, for someone who is not feeling well. And requires your attention and presence is undoubtedly a wonderful job. You often tend to give your 100% while caring for someone. Furthermore, under no circumstances should you neglect yourself while caring for someone. You need to realize that you can only care for your loved one, when you are healthy, both physically and mentally. Therefore, it becomes extremely necessary that you take good care of your health. And practice the above-mentioned steps to keep stress at bay. For more information, check out this site. Also, here is a past article on the requirements of the family caregiver.