Avoiding burnout is a huge goal for most caregivers and it’s a task you can be successful with. You do need to formulate a plan, though. Using a mixture of these different tools can help you to give burnout the boot before it boots you from being a caregiver.
Write in a Journal Every Day
A daily journal might seem like something that is difficult to keep up with, but it doesn’t have to be anything fancy. What you’re really doing is just pouring out how you’re feeling, what happened during your day, or anything else that strikes your fancy. No one else has to read your journal and if you’re worried about that, a protected file on your computer can work just as well as a handwritten journal.
Keep a Gratitude List
Gratitude does so much for your heart and your head. Take some time each day, either at the beginning or at the end of your day, and make a short list of what you’re grateful for. You can give yourself rules, like you have to list items that are new every single time, or you can allow yourself a bunch of leeway with this. The idea is to embrace the idea of gratitude.
Do Something Just for You
When did you last do something just because you loved it or you wanted to? If you’re like most busy caregivers, it’s been quite a while since you have done anything of that sort. Schedule some time into every week to give yourself that opportunity. It’s important and it will help you to center yourself.
Reassess Your Beliefs about Caregiving
Sometimes your beliefs around caregiving can be dangerous ones for you to have. For instance, you might believe from the very start that caregiving is painful and that it’s going to be awful. That can quickly become a self-fulfilling prophecy if that’s what you expect out of caregiving. Reassess your beliefs and ditch the ones that don’t serve you well. Caregiving can be difficult, but that doesn’t mean it has to be awful.
You’re going to experience stress and even some degree of burnout as a caregiver. But that doesn’t make you a bad caregiver or a bad person. It really means that you need to use the tools that you have in a more effective way so that you are able to pull yourself back from those bad days and bad experiences. Then you can be an even stronger caregiver.
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