How to Keep Caregiver Burnout from Happening to You

Caregiver burnout is a real thing with real life implications. It is defined as “a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude — from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned.”

Recognize Caregiver Burnout

If you:

  • Overreact to situations
  • Feel tired or run down
  • Have trouble sleeping
  • Have trouble concentrating

You may be suffering from burnout.

Caregiver burnout happens when caregivers don’t get the help they need. It happens when they try to do more than they are physically or financially able. Caregivers who are “burned out” may experience fatigue, stress, anxiety and depression. Read more about Recognizing Burnout here.

Life is full of busy schedules and many demands. When you are a parent and an adult child, those demands may be multiplied. Stress compromises your immune system. You could find yourself sick and out of commission for days, and you are the last person who needs to be sick right now!

Prevent Caregiver Burnout

So what can you do to take care of you and prevent caregiver burnout?

  1. Talk to your doctor if you feel any of these symptoms or others not mentioned are out of control.
  2. Exercise! Regular activity will raise the endorphins in your body and make you feel good.
  3. Make a date with someone who makes you happy. Relax and enjoy lunch with a friend.
  4. Find a support group or counselor so you can talk through your feelings and manage them.
  5. Enlist the help of other family members or professionals.

Don’t let caregiver burnout happen to you. Recognize it and get the help you need. Presto Real Estate Services can help. Call (800) 495-1120 for your FREE consultation or write today.

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