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How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

By Michael Hagman, RN, BSN

Senior Care in Montana City MT

Caregiver burnout is a very real condition in which caregivers who are stressed out find that they have no more energy left to give. It's a dangerous condition for caregivers to reach because it often means that they're feeling out of options and at the ends of their ropes. It's much better to avoid burning yourself out as a caregiver than it is to struggle out of the mess once you're in it. These tips can help you to avoid burning out completely.

Make Self-care a Priority for Yourself

You know that basic self-care—eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep—is important, but if you're not prioritizing it, you're probably missing the mark. Start treating yourself as you would your best friend. You'd want her to eat healthy, nutritious foods and get plenty of rest. You'd probably also go on a daily walk with her to help her stay fit. You can do those same things for yourself, just as easily. It's tougher for family caregivers to do, though, because it feels selfish rather than what it is, which is genuine self-care.

Decide What You Can and Will Do

Caregiving is all about doing things for your elderly loved one that you may not have originally ever thought that you would do. Some things, though, you may not feel equipped to do or you may not be willing to do on an emotional level. With those types of tasks and activities, you're better served by finding someone who can help, such as experienced elder care providers. By removing yourself from that task, you'll experience less stress and your loved one will still have the help that he needs.

Reconnect with the People that You Love

When you're feeling stressed, it's not unusual to withdraw from the friends and family members that you love and that love you. This can leave you feeling isolated and even more stressed out. Make a conscious effort to remain connected with those people. You also need to reconnect with yourself. This can be as simple as a bubble bath once a week or more complex, such as journaling every night before you go to sleep.

Avoiding caregiver burnout isn't an exact science, but you can put together a plan that will work for you.

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