People begin caregiving for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s due to financial reasons, love for a family member, or in hopes to help them age in place. Regardless of the reasoning behind it, caregivers usually possess a unique sense of compassion and empathy. But each new day can bring new challenges. And they often result in caregiver burnout. The nature of caregiving is innately stressful, demanding, and emotionally taxing. Therefore, preventing caregiver burnout before it becomes serious is so important.
“Burnout” is a psychological response defined as physical or mental collapse caused by stress or overwork. Therefore, it’s no wonder caregivers experience this from time to time. Symptoms of caregiver burnout can show up individually, or all at once. Home Care Magazine describes some common symptoms.
Exhaustion and fatigue could be a sign of the “physical collapse” associated with caregiver burnout. If you’re chronically tired throughout the day, it may be time to take a closer look at why. On the flip side, trouble resting can also be a symptom. It could be due to stress and anxiety. Furthermore, this issue can become a vicious cycle and lead to even more exhaustion. Trouble focusing and withdrawal from enjoyable activities are some other red flags to look out for as well. And depression can result from a combination of all of the above.
All of this may sound quite disheartening. After all, caregiving is truly an act of love, kindness, and care towards another person. But at the same time, caring for yourself is crucial. Never be ashamed to ask for help. Whether it’s from friends, family, or trusted professionals like Arizona Elder Care, they are likely more willing and eager to assist than you think.
Just pushing through the burnout will only exacerbate the problems. You can’t care for another effectively without first caring for yourself. If you would like assistance or guidance, give us a call at 928-639-1583.