You’ve been there since the beginning. You help with cooking, cleaning, driving to appointments – if you can name it, you’ve done it. But lately you may feel fatigued in keeping up with taking care of your loved one.
“Caregiver burnout is a common issue because of the sheer responsibility of the role,” says Andrea Shapiro, Community Relations Director of YourLife™ of Coconut Creek. “It’s vital for caregivers to take time and focus on themselves, so they can feel energized, focused, and can be there for their loved one.
While caregiver burnout can seem unbeatable, we can help you stay strong. In this post, we’ll go over how to recognize burnout and what steps you can take to prevent it.
What Is Burnout?
Caregiver burnout occurs when a caregiver is under continued stress that affects their physical and emotional wellbeing. The stress can have a ripple effect and begin not only to impede one’s ability to be there for their loved one, but it can also disrupt their life outside of caregiving.
According to the Mayo Clinic, caregiver burnout can present a variety of symptoms. Caregivers who are experiencing burnout may feel:
When caregivers have these symptoms, they can have trouble sleeping, have unhealthy weight fluctuations, and may not be able to participate in activities they enjoy outside of their job. As these symptoms pile on top of someone, they may feel worn down and that they’re no longer able to take on the role of being a caregiver.
How Can You Beat Burnout?
The first step to beating burnout is starting with yourself. Maintaining your health and wellbeing need to come first. Taking small, simple steps like the following are a few ways to make sure that you’re giving your body what it needs:
- Eating Healthy Meals
- Getting Enough Rest
- Exercising Regularly
When it comes to managing stress, the above steps can help, but there are other ways to tackle stress head-on. Caregivers may consider:
- Seeking Professional Help
- Take Breaks During the Day
If you’re taking care of your loved one and having small tasks you need to accomplish, you can reach out to others for help. A friend or neighbor could let your dog out and feed them dinner, or they could pick up a few things you need at the store. Caregivers may struggle with voicing their needs and asking for help – it’s okay to need help, and there are likely many people who will be happy to do so.
Sometimes, caregivers may just need time to themselves. It’s important for you to get a meal with a friend, take a day to run errands and relax in the afternoon, or take a vacation with family. While many caregivers may struggle to take these breaks, they can provide a mental and physical break that can help recharge and prevent burnout.
So how does this occur? Other family members or close friends may step in to help take care of mom or dad, but sometimes these plans fall through or people offer but don’t follow up. Caregivers can seek options like respite care at YourLife™ of Coconut Creek.
Our personalized care will allow your loved one to stay here comfortably and get the health care they need in a safe and engaging environment. Your loved one can take advantage of the services and amenities offered in our community, and you can have peace of mind while you relax.
Interested in Respite Stays at YourLife™ of Coconut Creek?
If you’re interested in learning more about our Respite Stays or the community at YourLife™ of Coconut Creek, reach out to us for a visit today. We’re ready to help you provide the best care possible for your loved one.