Caregiving is a big responsibility to take on. Some people fall into the position, others choose to become a caregiver for their loved one. Either way being a caregiver is a responsibility some could not take on due to the demanding requirements. Caregiving can become a 24/7 job, and when it does sometimes the caregiver can become burnt out. When a caregiver does become burnt out they can experience physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion and or have a change in attitude towards their loved one.
Trying to decide if you fall under the category of Caregiver Burnout?
You might not see how much you have fallen since you started as a caregiver, so take a step back, breath and evaluated your situation. Caregiving is a hard job no doubt, but when you are in a good place physical and emotional caregiving can be one of the most fulfilling jobs around.
So ask yourself: Have I been experiencing any of these signs?
- Exhaustion or Chronic Fatigue - Are you tired for a prolonged amount of time and do you feel achy and or feverish?
- Always getting sick- Working long hours everyday can and mostly likely will take a toll on your body. It will weaken your immune system and make you more prone to catching any kind of sickness that comes your way. So are you always reaching for the medicine?
- Lack of motivation - A job that you once loved and looked forward to everyday has now become something you dread. Have you lost the satisfaction you once thrived off of from your job?
- Ease of Frustration - Feeling overwhelmed can lead to frustration or overreacting to things that once didn’t faze you. Do you find yourself in this position?
- Not taking care of yourself - You work a 24/7 job and you can't seem to find the time to work out or you don't have the energy to? Also you are overwhelmed and tired so you lack the time and will to prepare healthy meals for yourself so you eat out and or eat something quick and unhealthy. You don't go to the doctors anymore for checkup or take the time for “me time.” Over all you put yourself second daily. Does this describe you?
- Interpersonal problems - Conflicts with friends and family members become a daily occurrence. Yes we all get into arguments here and there, but if they are daily then a red flag must be raised.
- Job performance is on a downfall- When first starting your job you are enthusiastic and go the extra mile in everything you do, now though, you drag your feet and want nothing more than the day to end so you can go home. Compare your work performance now to the way you worked in previous years. See any difference?
- Mood swings (depression, anger, anxiety) - One minute you're content and the next second you're angry. Does this sound familiar? Do you sometimes think to yourself, why am I even sad or angry?
- Isolation- lack of social life - Has going out with your friends become a thing of the past and lost contact with most if not all of your friends? As we grow older we often find ourselves skipping on the parties and staying out late, which is normal, but even when you are an adult going to the movies or dinner with friends is a must every so often.
- Resentment - You start out as a caregiver because you care what happens to your loved one. Though this may be true often times you you can come to resent your loved one for the time you have to take care of them. When it comes to this point and your find yourself resenting your loved one more and more each day, you are burnt out and need help. Don't worry keep reading we have help for you.
If you have said yes to one or more of these signs then you may fall under the category of Caregiver Burnout. Not to worry there is help and there are ways to reverse the signs and become the happy-go-lucky caregiver you once were.
Some ideas to help you reverse the signs of Care Giver Burnout are
Alzheimer's support group or dementia support group: Here you can connect with others that feel the same as you do and that are experiencing the same situation you are. Along with the support you can learn about ways to better help your loved one dealing with dementia or Alzheimer's. Want to join our support group? Click here.
Respite Care: Respite Care is like a vacation for your loved and can help you "reset." You can have your loved one looked after for a short time and you wont have to worry about their medications, falling, or their safety. their vacation can turn into your vacation so you can get the rest and care YOU need to become a better caregiver. Want more information on respite care? Click Here.
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