It's difficult to watch the ones we love get older and experience health problems. As much as we want to take care of the seniors in our lives, it can be difficult and demanding. Caregivers, whether professional or family members, can experience burnout and get tired of performing day-to-day tasks, feeling burdened by their responsibilities. But there are some ways to avoid burnout, and here are just a few.
1. Recognize that you are experiencing caregiver burnout. It's okay! by recognizing that you are becoming exhausted, you can take measures to feel more fulfilled. If you just ignore the problem, it may fester and continue to build up.
2. Take care of you. Sleep enough. Eat healthy food. Take walks. Do things that you enjoy when you have time. Essentially, make sure you are putting on your own oxygen mask before assisting others. If your own bucket is full, you will have more to give.
3. Share the load. Friends and family members can be there to support you. Share how you feel and be honest about what you are going through. They can help care for you as you take care of others.
4. Arrange time off. It's important that you regroup. Drink some coffee solo or with friends. Take that vacation you've always wanted to go on. Take some time away from caregiving so you can take a break and clear your mind.
5. Mix up your routine. If possible, swap errands and duties. Try new things to mix up the monotony you might be experiencing. Add something new to your routine.
6. Join your patients or loved ones in their activities. Work quietly side by side, watch a television show together, or just go on a walk. Do something together so you can both enjoy your time.
By following these simple steps, we hope that you can experience fulfillment from serving seniors and your loved ones. Caregiving can lead to burnout if you don't take care of yourself. Download are free Caregiver Stress Fact Sheet to learn more about managing stress and staying positive.