Caregiving can have its pros and its cons. On the positive side, you are caring for someone you love, and assisting them to navigate a challenging chapter of their life. On the negative side, you may become so consumed in being a caregiver that you forget to take care of yourself, and in turn, burn yourself out. For this reason, it is important to consider ways to combat and prevent caregiver burnout.
5 ways to prevent caregiver burnout:
Take advantage of local and online supports. There are numerous programs and services in the community and online (through social media) that can help you. Here are just a few:
Know your limits. Identify what makes you feel uncomfortable or distressed – these feelings are often an indicator that we are pushing our boundaries. If you continue to overextend and overcompensate, it can lead to burn out, which is worse than just having a conversation to set clear boundaries.
Set realistic goals and accept that you may need to reach out to others for assistance. There is nothing wrong with seeking help where it’s needed. One person cannot do everything alone. If you feel that the care load is becoming too much, it could be a wise idea to consider things like home care, or a visiting companion. Carefor has many services to support you with your caregiving journey in home and in the community.
Stay healthy by eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep.
Join a caregiver support group, either in person or online.
By implementing these 5 tips into your life as a caregiver, you’re taking necessary steps for yourself to avoid burning out from your caregiving role.