How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Caring for an aging parent or loved one is a very challenging task. It requires a lot of time, patience and understanding. Most of the time, caregivers become very busy taking care of others that they tend to forget to take care of themselves. This can result in to stress, anxiety, frustration and exhaustion, which may eventually lead to "Caregiver Burnout."

Steps

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    Take care of yourself emotionally and physically- Be sure Get enough sleep, eat healthy and exercise
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    Make time for yourself- Take a day off and do something you really enjoy. Have lunch or watch a movie with a friend.
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    Join a support group for caregivers- This will allow you to share your feelings and experiences with other people who are in the same situation
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    Know your Limits- Ask for help, if necessary. You have to accept the fact that you cannot do everything.
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    Research more about your loved ones medical condition- the more you know about the illness, the more effective you will be in providing care.
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    Share your feelings with someone you trust as bottling them up inside can lead to unreasonable outbursts. Also, it’s always good to hear things from another perspective, especially from someone not in the situation.

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Categories: Healthy Aging and Senior Lifestyle