How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout
Caregiver burnout is very real and more common than you may think. The constant stress that full-time caregiving can induce can feel overwhelming. Here are some things to keep in mind when managing caregiver workload and longevity.
Maintain a solid support system.
Caregivers are also spouses, parents, friends, and children. It is important that a caregiver takes time to maintain their own personal relationships and not feel that their work is consuming their entire identity. A common sign of caregiver burnout is self isolation from these very relationships.
Be reasonable with caregiving expectations.
Remember that your caregiver is a person, too, juggling their own lives with that of your loved one. They will be more inclined to go above and beyond when they are not scrutinized for how they complete tasks.
Try finding creative ways to incorporate exercise into your caregiving schedule. This can be as simple as taking your loved one out for a walk, or having a stationary bike to burn some calories while they nap.
Have a back up plan.
Planning ahead is essential to managing caregiver burnout. It is easier to not get overwhelmed by the stresses of providing care when they are tangible and established. Make time not only for the necessary tasks, but also for you as a caregiver to assess your own mental health and well-being.