April 1, 2017 - By Injury Law Group
Caregiver Burnout – Survival Tips for You!
Whether you are caring for an older adult parent, someone with a disability, or someone who is suffering from a serious illness or injury, it can be stressful and overwhelming at times, especially if you have your own family and work life too.
Make sure to practice self-care regularly and look for the following signs of caregiver burnout: frequent crying, feeling helpless, exhaustion, losing interest or productivity at work, social withdrawal, nervous habits, change in eating or sleeping patterns, increasing use of medications and/or alcohol, inability to relax, overreactions and short-temperedness.
Dealing with these signs early can protect you and your loved one.
Self Care Tips:
- Ask for help, accept help, and seek support, from friends, family, community resources, respite care, and day-away services. Respite care means taking a break – whether it be through friends and family or formal services. There are several types of businesses and non-profits that can provide this care for your loved ones. For example, adult day care programs or home care may be of benefit a couple times per week.
- Join a support group or join one online. Journaling can also help you de-stress and reflect on your feelings.
- Consider seeking professional counselling to help reflect and express feelings.
- Treat yourself! Do something as simple as reading a book, getting your nails done or working out and make sure you are practising self-care daily.
- Stay informed! Learn skills from professionals such as physical and occupational therapists, who can help you with transferring your loved one or determining any equipment that may be of help. Pick up books on caregiving to learn about making the home environment safe.
- Be open to new technologies that may be helpful and make sure to organize medical information and legal documents, so that they are easy to find.
All in all, give yourself credit. Your loved one appreciates your help and that you are doing the best job you can.
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