How to prevent burnout in caregivers
Caring for a loved one can be a full-time commitment. Recognizing the physical, mental, and emotional challenges of being an unpaid caregiver is crucial in keeping yourself from becoming overwhelmed. Asking for help does not mean you are any less committed to your loved one; it will only make you a better caregiver to arm yourself with resources in order to provide the best care possible. Here are three ways you can reduce your threat of burnout.
- Don’t expect perfection. You may not be able to handle every element of your caregiving job on your own, or you may need to go part-time. Believe you are doing the best you can and making the best decisions you can at any given time.
- Set realistic goals. Establish boundaries by saying no to actions and events you know to cause too much stress, such as taking your loved one on a distant trip or hosting a major family gathering on their behalf.
- Don’t isolate yourself. Spending every day focusing on your loved one without other socialization can make you feel alone. Schedule time with other family and friends who can support you in your caregiving goals, and pursue activities you find relaxing and enjoyable.