Research studies show that over 53 million adults in America are primary caregivers for elderly chronically ill or disabled loved ones. Caregiver burnout is very common among this population. In fact, in a national survey, 40% of caregivers reported being emotionally distressed and depressed. In today’s article, I hope to educate the caregiver on warning signs of caregiver burnout and things to do to prevent it.
5 signs you’re experiencing caregiver burnout
You feel overwhelmingly fatigued throughout the day and not sleeping 6-7 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night
Isolating yourself by withdrawing from or losing interest in activities and people you once enjoyed engaging with
Finding yourself being unusually angry, impatient, and short-tempered at people around you
Unwanted changes in eating habits leading to excess weight loss or weight gain
Neglecting your own physical and emotional needs due to lack of time for your self-care.
5 things you can start doing now to mitigate caregiver burnout
Prioritize your physical and emotional well-being. Eat well-balanced meals, exercise, & don’t skip your doctor’s appointments. Taking care of yourself is a must and allows you to be at your best to care for your loved ones.
Get enough sleep on a nightly basis. This is a must and should be non-negotiable.
Create two or three 15-minute blocks in your day for “ME TIME”. During this time you can meditate, take a walk, pray, listen to music, or do whatever else you enjoy doing that refreshes you.
Utilize your support system. This means asking for help when you need it, we all need somebody to lean on!
Have a clear schedule for each day. When you have a clear agenda for your day allows you to feel empowered to take on the task of the day and feel very accomplished at the end of that day.