If you ignore burnout prevention, that is going to be dangerous for you as a caregiver. Some caregivers are afraid to think about burnout too much, in fear that they might make it a self-fulfilling prophecy. You need a plan.
Let Your Senior Do More on Her Own
It’s possible that there’s quite a bit that your senior can still do on her own. But how often are you stepping in and taking care of certain tasks for her? This practice breeds resentment and it takes away that empowered feeling from your elderly family member. Let her continue to do whatever she can still do.
Ask Others for Help
Something else that is tough to do as a caregiver is to ask other people for help. In fact, you probably have people offering help or asking what they can do for you all the time. How often do you take them up on it? As a practice exercise, start saying yes when people offer help and see how that affects you.
Don’t Take Things Personally
It’s so easy to take things personally. Someone might make an off-the-cuff remark that truly means nothing, but you might interpret it as an indictment that you’re not doing enough in your duties as a caregiver. Or worse yet, your senior might say or do something because of how she’s feeling, and you take it personally. Try to get out of that habit.
Find Someone to Talk To
Too many caregivers become an isolated island, all to themselves. If that’s become the case for you, it’s time to reach out. Meeting other caregivers can give you just the right group of people to start talking to. Other caregivers know what you’re going through and they can be there for you. Caregiver support meetings are excellent places to start opening up.
Remember to Take Care of Yourself
Above all, you need to make sure that you’re taking care of yourself as well as you can. Are you eating? Sleeping? Seeing your own doctor when you need to? Those are all important parts of continuing to be a caregiver. If you’re not doing those things right now, work them into your schedule. It’s possible and even more, it’s necessary.
Burnout seems like something that just sneaks up on you, but it really doesn’t. It’s there when you’re feeling overwhelmed and overworked and it’s there when you’re avoiding taking any time that’s just for you. You can avoid burnout, but you need to learn to recognize what contributes to it.
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Excerpt: Burnout is a very real problem that many caregivers face.