Are You Feeling Burnt Out?
It is true that choosing to be a senior caregiver offers many benefits, from strengthening the bond you have with a parent or grandparent to bringing you fulfillment and happiness to boosting the quality of life of your loved one. However, while caring for an elderly parent can be personally rewarding, it can also take a personal toll on mental and physical health without planned breaks from the daily focus of assuring the safety and well-being of a loved one, leading to physical, emotional, and mental stress known as caregiver burnout.
Did you know half of adult caregivers say it’s moderately or very difficult to balance work and caregiving?
At Comfort Keepers Home Care serving Fargo, ND, and the surrounding area, we know that you want to provide the best possible care for your senior, which is why we’ve put together a list of common caregiver burnout symptoms along with ways you can cope with it. We want you to be able to be happy and healthy because you deserve care too!
What Are The Symptoms Of Caregiver Burnout?
Two early signs that a senior caregiver may be feeling burnout are fatigue and irritability but, it is important to remember that it may not be the same for everyone.
Other signs that you are experiencing burnout could include:
Loss of interest in activities which you previously enjoyed
Feelings of wanting to hurt yourself or the person for whom you are caring
Changes in sleep patterns
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to take action to bring your life back into balance sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, ignoring these signs won’t make them go away.
What Can I Do To Cope With Burnout?
Finding the right coping mechanisms that work for you can sometimes be a time-consuming process but, it is important to keep trying. Remember that what works for one person may not necessarily work for you. For example, maybe you loathe exercising more than recommended by a doctor but, another senior caregiver might find that exercise helps them literally work out any frustrations that have built up during the day. The important thing to do is continue trying and take care of yourself!
Here are a few ideas to help you get started:
Consider watchdog technology: Comfort Keepers Home Care has partnered with SafetyChoice® in order to bring the next level of senior security to you and your loved one. We offer medical alert devices, such as necklaces and bracelets, that can alert loved ones in case of a fall or other home accident, several medication management devices, and state of the art home monitoring systems.
Ask family/friends for help: Enlist the help of family members when you are feeling down or burnt out. This will give you time to relax and help your family better understand your needs as well as that of your senior loved one. Be sure to express gratitude, even a few dollars, a gift card, or an evening at a restaurant go a long way towards showing that you appreciate the help.
Listen to your body: If your body is tired, let yourself rest. It may be a good idea to take a vacation or “staycation” if you can. Even a night away from your responsibilities can do wonders for you!
What If I’m Still Feeling Stressed?
Now you have a little more information about senior caregiver burnout but, what if you are still experiencing symptoms even after trying healthy coping methods? Well, a good place to start may be respite care from Comfort Keepers Home Care serving Fargo, ND, and the surrounding area. With our flexible care plans, you can choose the amount of time you need to help bring your lofe back into balance, from a few hours a week to a few days for a short vacation. No matter how much time you need, one of our caregivers will be there for your loved one, helping to provide happiness, safety, and security for both of you.
If you’d like to learn more simple ways you can reduce the stresses of being a senior caregiver, our available care services, including respite care, or if you’re ready to schedule your free in home consultation, please contact us online anytime or call us at (701) 297-2431.