“I’m worried that I’m not going to be able to get everything done”…
“It’s so stressful having to do this alone!”…
“I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in weeks”
Even though caregiving can have many rewards, the stress of caring for a loved one can strain even the most resilient person. The emotional and physical demands of caregiving can really take a toll on your health, relationships, and state of mind eventually leading to caregiver burnout.
If you are experiencing caregiver fatigue, there are many ways to manage your stress. Start with these tips that will help you be a caregiver to yourself as well as others.
Caregiver Risk: Feeling lonely and isolated
Solution: Stay connected!
Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone, go for a walk, and talk to a friend about things outside the realm of your caregiving roles.
Caregiver Risk: Physical and emotional burnout
Solution: Take time out from the demands of caregiving
Be realistic about what you can and cannot do and reach out to those in your family and community for support.
Caregiver Risk: Self Neglect
Solution: Pencil in “me time”
Many caregivers are so consumed by their roles as a caretaker that they forget to take care of themselves. Be sure to take care of your
mental and physical health by maintaining a healthy diet, getting adequate sleep, and taking a break every once in a while.
Regain your energy and optimism by making yourself a priority. If you’re struggling to find the perfect balance of support, compassion, and understanding, come see us! At Surya Psychiatric Clinic, we’re committed to providing you and your loved ones with exceptional care in a compassionate, confidential, and friendly atmosphere.