What are the Signs of a Caregiver Burnout?
Identifying and addressing caregiver burnout is essential as this condition can seriously harm your health, mood, and overall wellbeing. The most common signs of caregiver burnout involve:
- Irritability and anger
- Feeling guilty if you put your needs first
- Sleep problems
- Changes in appetite and weight
- Weakened immune system
- Pains and aches and other physical concerns
- Alcohol or substance abuse
To relieve caregiver burnout, learn about the condition of a person you care for. This will help you better respond to their needs, prioritize responsibilities, and reduce stress.
However, you need to set boundaries and learn to take care of your needs too. Self-care strategies such as physical activity, mindfulness exercise, and professional mental health support can help you relax, boost your mood, improve resilience, and help you deal with caregiver stress.
It is also essential that you don’t neglect your social life. Many caregivers feel so overwhelmed, isolating themselves from family and friends. However, friends and family can be a significant circle of support, providing encouragement and understanding and helping you manage caregiver stress.
If you feel constantly exhausted, irritable, worried, discouraged, and unable to rest, you may be experiencing caregiver fatigue. Talk about your concerns with your health provider to prevent long-term damage caregiver stress can cause to your wellbeing.