Important Things You Should Know About Caregiver Burnout
As a senior caregiver, you probably already know just how rewarding the job can be. It can help strengthen family bonds, help you learn more about yourself as a person, and give you a sense of satisfaction that you’re doing something good to name a few. Over time, however, being the primary caregiver for your loved one can take a toll on your wellbeing, causing you stress and anxiety along with a host of other potential issues.
Did you know that depression affects 20 to 40% of all caregivers?
Caregiver burnout is a serious issue, with nearly half of adult caregivers saying that it is moderately or very difficult to balance their careers with caregiving. Add caring for your children, paying your bills, making sure you see your doctor for regular check-ups, and it’s easy to see how so many caregivers can end up feeling burnt out and exhausted.
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How Do I Know If I’m Experiencing Burnout?
As a senior caregiver, two of the earliest symptoms of burnout you’ll likely notice are irritability and fatigue. You might also begin noticing yourself feeling indecisive, disconnected, or even guilty that you feel this way at all.
Other signs that you are experiencing burnout could include:
Withdrawal from friends, family, and other loved ones
Lack of energy to do new things
Feeling stressed in the patient’s presence
No matter what symptoms you may be experiencing, the most important thing you can do is start working on helping yourself break out of this mindset. These feelings aren’t likely to go away on their own and may even increase in severity, damaging your health and ability to care for your loved one. Luckily, there are plenty of places to start, including learning new healthy coping mechanisms.
What Can I Do To Cope With Caregiver Burnout?
There are so many healthy coping mechanisms to choose from that it can seem overwhelming at first. Finding the right solution that helps combat feelings of burnout can take time but, it is worth it to keep trying. You may find that learning more about your loved one’s condition helps you remain empathetic and provide better care. Or perhaps you find that picking up a new hobby helps you put the day’s worries behind you.
Here are a few more ideas to help you get started:
Maintain your social life: Maintaining an active social life as a senior caregiver can be difficult, but it is rewarding. Make time to call or text just to check-in and schedule time together when it’s available.
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.
Schedule time for your health: While caregivers may spend a lot of time in doctor’s offices, it is often to accompany the senior they care for rather than for their own appointments. One way to combat this is by making your own appointments for regular exams, flu shots, dental visits, and the like at the same time you arrange a loved one’s.
What Other Options Are There?
So, now you know what caregiver burnout is, common symptoms, and a few healthy coping techniques but, what should you do if you’re still having a difficult time? Well, you may want to consider choosing respite care! At Comfort Keepers Home Care serving King of Prussia, PA, and the surrounding area, we understand that caring for your loved one is a tough job sometimes and we’d love to be able to help you out! Not only do we offer flexible respite care plans that can include one or more of our other core services, we have a kind, compassionate staff that will care for your loved one as if they were family.
If you’d like to learn more about Comfort Keepers Home Care serving King of Prussia, PA, and the surrounding area, our incredible care team, or if you’d like more ideas for ways you can cope with the stresses of being a senior caregiver, please contact us online anytime or call us at (484) 306-3083. Our operators are available 24/7 to answer your questions and schedule your free in home consultation.