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What Strategies Can You Use to Avoid Burning Out as a Caregiver?

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If you don’t deal with stress as a family caregiver, you’re likely to find yourself facing something called caregiver burnout. Since burnout can be extremely difficult to recover from, it’s a better idea to try to avoid it if you can. These strategies can help.

Set up a Support Network

Having your own support system is essential for avoiding burning out when you’re a family caregiver. Your support network can have friends, family members, support group members, and even elder care providers as active parts of the network. These are the people that you can lean on when you need extra help or even just a shoulder to lean on for a bit.

Talk to Your Doctor

Your doctor may find a physical reason for your stress or impending burnout. When you’re not feeling 100 percent up to par, it’s very easy for stress to take a much bigger toll on you. Finding out what you’re dealing with on the physical end of the equation can help you to make changes and find solutions that work for the emotional side of the equation, too.

Set Aside Quiet Time for Yourself

When you’re going, going, going, you don’t have time to just be. Sometimes having just a few minutes of quiet time every day is enough to let your brain calm down. In order to do that, give yourself five minutes where you just sit somewhere and let your brain clear. When you find your mind wandering back to your to do list or to something else, focus on your breathing and eventually you’ll start to experience results.

Figure out Your Best Stress Relief Techniques

Different stress relief techniques work better for some people than they do for others. Try a variety of different stress relief techniques so that you can experience more than just a handful. You might enjoy journaling, getting a massage, or just picking up a hobby. Try as many different techniques as you find interesting to find the ones that work the best for you. Then work those into your regular weekly schedule.

You don’t have to use every technique that you find, but it helps to have a well-rounded toolkit to turn to when you feel stressed.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Quincy, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida

Brian Moran, RN, Marketing Director, Partner

Marketing Director, Partner at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care
Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.