8 tips to avoid caregiver burnout

8 tips to avoid caregiver burnout

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.

Here are eight tips to avoid caregiver burnout:

  1. Get the facts. Find out answers to your caregiving questions.
  2. Care for your body. Get enough sleep, proper nutrition and exercise.
  3. Get equipped. Make home and vehicle modifications for an easier routine.
  4. Maintain other interests. Hobbies, work and social activities are vital.
  5. Spend time away. Even 15 minutes alone or away with others can be rejuvenating.
  6. Talk to others. Find a friend, pastor, family member or support group to talk to.
  7. Get help. Find others who can offer a hand or hire someone to assist.
  8. Give thanks. Take a minute each day to focus on something positive.

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.

Not sure where to turn? We're here to help.

 

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