Caregiver Burnout: Breaking Point
Many Family Caregivers experience Caregiver Burnout. Its a common feeling, but one that can’t be ignored.
It is a rewarding experience to care for someone, especially a loved one. Returning the love and attention your parents gave to you is a rewarding experience. But sometimes there are additional stresses involved when you care for someone, such as:
- Family dynamics changing.
- Financial issues.
- Balancing other priorities such as work or your marriage.
- Feeling isolated.
These stresses are only going to get worse over time, which is why it is important to consider the options that you have. When you are providing long-term care for someone, you have to take your own health and emotional well-being into account.
What are some signs of caregiver stress?
- Anxiety, depression or irritability.
- Feeling tired all the time.
- Difficulty while sleeping.
- New health issues.
We recommend that caregivers take some time off from the daily routine they are performing, especially if they will be caring for someone over the coming years. Sometimes taking a break can not only give you something to look forward to, but it can ease the strain you feel on the days when you are taking care of someone.
Caregiving for a loved one is not a sprint, but a marathon. Make sure you are getting the support you need from external sources. Feel free to contact our offices to see how we can help you care for your loved one.