Caregiver burnout is a real issue – faced by hundreds of thousands of people across the globe. Are you getting sick more? A tad irritable? Experiencing a change in sleep patterns? These are all symptoms to be aware of. By understanding the underlying causes of caregiver burnout, you can reduce the chances that it will happen to you. Here are a few quick tips:
Work, work, work and no play = caregiver burnout
Caregiving is hard work. At times, it’s an around the clock job. Remember to savor a few moments for yourself each day. If you’re a live-in caregiver, sneak in a few breathers each day to stop and smell the roses and on your day off, do something that makes you smile. You’ll be a better caregiver or CNA employee and your happiness barometer is sure to soar!
Go easy on yourself, girlfriend (or boyfriend)! You can’t change the world in a day. Too often, we chat with caregivers that want to move mountains…yesterday. Set realistic expectations for yourself and your clients.
Remember, you can’t control everything in your own life, let alone someone else’s life. Take a step back and focus on the things you CAN control – like how you react to situations, the value you provide each day to your client, and the joy you get from hobbies, friends, and loved ones.
Forgetting someone very important – YOURSELF
You are a care GIVER, but don’t forget to take care of yourself. Get enough sleep, maintain a healthy diet, and keep up with your family and social life (and Keeping up with the Kardashians if that’s your cup of tea)
While there isn’t a magic formula to avoiding caregiver burnout, our biggest advice is understanding burnout symptoms and address it early and often.
We’d love to hear from our community. Have you ever experienced a burnout phase? If so, what advice can you share for others?