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Caregiver Burnout

Caregivers may spend so much time and energy caring for others that do not care for themselves. The probability of burnout increases when their own needs are postponed or ignored.

If you are a caregiver or know someone who is then consider the following:


  • Sleep deprivation - sleepless nights.
  • Increased Anxiety - not being able to relax.
  • Overreacting to minor things - having no patience
  • Hopelessness - being to emotional and feeling helpless.
  • Significant Weight Change - unhealthy eating habits.
Recognize the warning signs of burnout or stress: Get treated to or treat yourself to a book, movie, message, or whatever makes you feel good - especially when any of the following occur:
  •  Feeling irritable
  •  Drinking heavily and/or more than usual.
  •  Depression Feeling or being angry
  •  Regular physical complaints

Share responsibilities with others(friends, family).

Get enough rest, nutrition, and exercise. A caregiver who is healthy will be in a better position to be helpful.

It's okay to lose patience or to be frustrated. But, find an appropriate method to express the inpatience or frustration.

Try the following:

  • Make time for yourself
  • Ask for help when needed
  • Share your feelings instead of bottling up
  • Relax
  • Get enough sleep
  • Eat healthy
  • Get exercise

Consider other caregiving alternatives and resources:

  • Geriatric care manager
  • In-home services
  • Assisted living
  • Nursing home care
  • Respite care

If the caregiver also works there are other services and resources:

  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Employer or company benefits for caregivers
  • Family and Medical Leave act