Caregiver Burnout

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When we commit all our time into taking care of someone else, we forget our problems, both physical and mental. In this case, burnout is when someone feels emotionally and physically drained. You have no more energy or time to give to yourself.

You may notice yourself easily irritated or quick tempered for small things especially towards those close to you. You may feel less enthusiastic for things that used to create excitement.

Caregiver Stress

Although it may seem nearly impossible to find the time, you can’t expect to focus all your energy on someone else without taking some time out for yourself. Neglecting your own needs often results in health problems, along with feelings of depression, loneliness, grief, anger, sadness, fatigue, anxiety, frustration, guilt or fear. It is even harder for an aging caregiver. Added stress can make it difficult to function at home, at work or when caring for a loved one.

Get yearly checkups and focus on health conditions like diabetes, heart health and weight management. Remember your caregiver role and balance your personal life between the two. Prevent burnout by recognizing these problems you may encounter. How you take care of yourself will reflect in how you give care to someone else.

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4 Responses to “Caregiver Burnout”

  1. Aging Caregiver | Caregiver Jobs Says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 4:57 am

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  2. Balancing Life as a Caregiver | Caregiver Jobs Says:
    May 24th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    […] your energy on someone else without taking some time out for yourself. You will surely experience caregiver burnout. Neglecting your own needs often results in health problems, along with feelings of depression, […]

  3. Caregiving for Alzheimer Patient | Caregiver Jobs Says:
    June 29th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

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  4. Cancer Caregivers Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 1:32 am

    […] Along with fatigue, cancer patients exhibit feelings of being unmotivated for daily life skills. They might get angry quickly, feel anxious or depressed. As their caregiver, you must realize the impacts and tolls that the cancer treatments and drugs are taking on the person’s body. This helps you manage your own feelings and be able to reason why they may be reacting in this manner towards you, without experiencing caregiver burnout. […]


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