How Stress And Fatigue Can Impact Caregiving in Fairfax, VA
There are many advantages to caring for an aging family member, from strengthening the bond you have with your parent or grandparent to the satisfaction you feel knowing you’re helping them stay in their own home rather than “a home”. But regardless of these advantages and the love a senior caregiver has for the recipient of their attention, caregiving can be emotionally and physically draining. This is especially true when added to other responsibilities at work and at home. If left unchecked it can lead to chronic stress or caregiver burnout.
Did you know at least 20% of adult children are taking care of an older family member and of those 38% report a “highly stressful” caregiving situation?
At Comfort Keepers Home Care serving Fairfax, VA, and the surrounding area, we understand how stressful caregiving can be and the guilt you may feel because of that stress. That’s why we have put together a list of common caregiver burnout symptoms as well as ways you can cope with it. We want you to take care of yourself to because you deserve it!
Give us a call at (703) 520-2189 to learn more!
How Can I Tell If I’m Experiencing Burnout?
Two things that senior caregivers who experience burnout tend to notice first are that they feel more fatigued and irritable than normal. These first warning signs are important and shouldn’t be ignored, as the problem will likely get worse over time and cause more unnecessary stress for the caregiver and their senior loved one.
Other signs that you are experiencing burnout could include:
Feeling pulled in two directions
Losing control physically or emotionally
Healthy Coping Mechanisms For Caregivers
There are many ways that you can cope with burnout in a healthy way as a senior caregiver, the key is finding which methods work best for you! Some people find that keeping an active social life is the best way for them to let go of the caregiver headspace at the end of the day, while others prefer journaling as a private way to vent their frustrations.
The sky truly is the limit here so, in order to help you get started, here are a few more healthy coping mechanism ideas:
Find a hobby: The sky is the limit here as well, as long as what you choose is a healthy outlet from caregiving. Maybe you like watching reality TV or perhaps you enjoy a challenging sudoku puzzle or are interested in joining a book club, as long as it takes you away from the caregiving mindset for an hour or two.
Find ways to exercise: Although it can be difficult to set aside time to exercise, it is one thing that doctors can agree is good for everyone. Finding the time to work up a sweat and get your heartbeat up can go a long way in helping alleviate your stress.
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 If I Still Need Help?
Now you know a little more about caregiver burnout and how to cope with it but, what if that doesn’t work? What should you do if you’re still feeling tired and burnt out? Well, a good place to start can be with a call to Comfort Keepers Home Care! Our care plans, including respite care for overtired primary caregivers, are flexible enough to suit nearly every need. Whether you want a few hours a week to yourself or want to recharge with a short vacation, one of our caregivers will be there for your loved one. Our goal is to ensure they are happy, healthy, and safe in their home so you can take any time you need to be sure you too are happy and healthy, both physically and mentally.
If you have any questions about Comfort Keepers Home Care serving Fairfax, VA, our full list of care services, or if you’d like to learn more about senior caregiver burnout and how you can avoid it, please contact us online anytime or call us at (703) 520-2189. Our agents are available round the clock to answer your questions and schedule your free in home consultation.