June 28th, 2022
Caregiver burnout is a reality even in the best of situations. Needing a break from meeting the needs of your loved one doesn’t mean you love them less, are being selfish, or are inadequate to provide for them. It just means you are human. Recognizing your limitations is important when providing long-term care.
Johns Hopkins Medicine defines burnout this way: Burnout is a state of emotional exhaustion that results from failing, wearing out, or feeling totally used up due to too many demands on one’s energy, strength, or resources.
When a caregiver experiences burnout, they are chronically exhausted and overwhelmed. If you feel this way or have any of the symptoms listed below — and even if you don’t — take advantage of respite care through reliable organizations specializing in senior care. CRISTA Senior Living provides respite care in Shoreline, WA, and Silverdale, WA. Find out more about the compassionate, professional care your loved one will receive with us while you take a much needed and deserved break from full-time caregiving.
Caregiver burnout can manifest in various ways. It’s easy to overlook or underplay the importance of these when you are busy providing for someone you love. But it is essential to recognize these signs and take action before your health, or the quality of care you provide suffers. Here are some common indicators:
For a complete list of symptoms, read this article by VITAS Healthcare.
If you have ever taken a trip on a plane, you know that the first thing the stewardess tells you to do in an emergency is to put on your own oxygen mask first. Only then are you free to help someone else with their mask. The same rule applies when providing care for your parent or elderly loved one. While you are still able to breathe, put your oxygen mask on so you can keep breathing! That means taking regular breaks, finding others to help with caregiving, continuing to do things that you love, and prioritizing your own health.
Preventing burnout is crucial for maintaining your well-being as a caregiver.
Here are some helpful tips:
If you are like many people who provide care for a loved one, burnout seems to come out of nowhere. You were doing just fine — or at least fine enough — and then, all of a sudden, you were done. But you couldn’t be done! So now it’s time to back up and get some help. Take steps to restore your well-being by doing the following:
Caregiving is a noble task, but it’s essential to recognize the signs of burnout and take proactive steps to prevent and overcome it. Remember, your well-being matters too. By implementing preventive measures, seeking support, and exploring respite care options like CRISTA Senior Living, you can find balance and continue providing compassionate care to your loved one.
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