If you’re burned out as a caregiver, remember you’ll be of no use to your loved one if you aren’t well and fit both physically and emotionally. Burnout can have an effect on every part of your life; your home, your social life and even your body. You need to deal with it as soon as you realize there is a problem. Believe me, there are things you can do to make your life as a caregiver healthier and more manageable. Some things you can do include:
- Make yourself slow down. Cut back on commitments and make plans to do something that’s just for you. Make “me-time” so you can rest and heal.
- Eat a nutritious diet.
- Get at least seven hours of sleep per night.
- See a doctor. Make sure you have no underlying physical problems, and if you do have a health problem, follow the doctor’s recommendations.
- Don’t try to carry the load alone—call a good friend and vent your frustrations. It’s amazing how talking about things helps release tension.
- Try to build your social life back up. Give yourself a break!
- Remind yourself that you can’t be responsible for everything and everyone and that’s OK.
- Force yourself to exercise. You’ll feel better and it will help cut down the stress you feel.
- Ask for help. Get a network of friends, relatives, neighbors or community groups involved. They can give you the valuable time off and help that you deserve.
- Learn about your loved one’s illness or condition. The more you know about it, the more effective you’ll be as a caregiver.
- Join an on-line caregiver support group. That’s a great place for finding information and additional resources. A great place to start is : http://www.myagingfolks.com/support/support-groups-for-caregivers
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