Many of us have taken on the role of caregiver, one that can be filled with stress.
In a recent study, 34.2 million Americans identified as informal caregivers. As a result of their caregiving role:
- 38 percent reported high levels of emotional stress;
- 19 percent reported a high level of physical strain; and
- 17 percent have experienced a high level of financial strain.
That's why it's important to keep yourself healthy — mentally, physically and emotionally.
Check out the infographic below for 10 tips to avoid caregiver burnout. Consider printing and sharing this information with the caregivers and family members in your life.
To stay healthy, try to find the right balance of caring for a loved one and yourself during this time.
Watch for signs of depression, and get professional help as needed.
Use respite care services as needed. Even a few hours a week can make a difference.