When you become a caregiver it's inevitable that you'll occasionally feel stressed or overwhelmed. These emotions can lead to caregiver burnout if left unaddressed. Some of the common signs of caregiver stress are:
Feeling tired and run down Having a difficult time concentrating and/or sleeping Feeling anxious, depressed, or irritated New or increasing health issues Feelings of growing resentment Eating, smoking, or drinking more Indifference to responsibilities Decreased time spent on leisure activities Overreacting to minor inconveniences
Unresolved, these symptoms build and increase. The symptoms of Caregiver burnout are:
Decreased energy Feeling exhausted even after sleeping Weakened immune system, catching colds and the flu more often than normal Neglecting your needs because you're too busy or no longer care Experiencing feelings of being helpless and hopeless Unable to relax, even when you have help
It's so important to recognize these signs and symptoms and to find ways to relieve the stresses of caregiving so that you can continue to live a healthy and happy lifestyle while providing quality, compassionate care to those you serve.