Signs of Caregiver Burnout

Family/ Parenting - Caregiving
By: ListMaker    
27-Sep-2010

Introduction:If you're taking care of someone on a full time (or even part time) basis, you should know the top 5 signs of caregiver burnout. Knowing these signs is the first step in preventing total caregiver burnout.

  • 01

    Caregiver Burnout Can Be Evidenced By a Shortened Temper

    If your temper flares at even small things, you might be suffering from caregiver burnout. Beware of what triggers your temper and take steps to distance yourself from the situations, if you can.

  • 02

    Depression May Signal Caregiver Burnout

    If you find yourself dragging out of bed in the morning, watching a lot of tv, and feeling generally blah, you might be suffering from caregiver burnout. Take steps to get a few walks in the fresh air every day, if you can. Or, sit on the floor with a few dogs to really pick up your spirits.

  • 03

    Alcohol or Drug Dependency

    More than one caregiver tibbles the bottle during the day or dips into pills. Becoming an addict is not going to help anyone. Seek professional help if you find yourself becoming dependent on outside items to life your attitude.

  • 04

    Lack of Motivation

    If you find that small items which you used to enjoy, such as baking, are no longer pleasurable, you might be suffering from signs of caregiver burnout. Or, if your house is not as clean as it once was, this could signal depression and lack of motivation.

  • 05

    Giving Less Care

    Caring less about your job or giving a lesser standard of care can also be signs of caregiver burnout. Try to enlist the help of others to relieve some of your duties so you can get out and rejuvenate.




Final Thoughts

Anyone and everyone who has ever taken on caring for a loved on will suffer caregiver burnout if not given time off from the tasks performed on a daily basis. It's as important to heed the signs of caregiver burnout and remedy the situation as it is to be a caregiver. You cannot take care of someone else if you haven't taken care of yourself. Sign up at a few internet support systems or talk to a counselor if you feel overwhelmed.


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Comments

  • tamron 11/8/2010 Flag This Comment

    I know how hard it is to care for someone with Alzheimer's I took care of mom for 10yrs it was the hardest thing I ever did I truly feel for anyone in this position. True Advice! 5*

  • ListMaker 9/28/2010 Flag This Comment

    Thanks Peggy. You're always a great source of support for me and Gert!

  • ListingToTheLeft 9/27/2010 Flag This Comment

    My hat goes off to anyone who does caregiving. It is such an important but difficult job.

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