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Tips for Dealing with Caregiver Stress

You might be a family caregiver and not even know it. Furthermore, you may not even realize how taxing it is, and how it might be impacting your overall well-being.

According to an AARP/National Alliance of Caregiving survey, about 19% of adults in the United States provide unpaid care to a loved one. Of those, 61% also perform work for an employer. These two obligations alone can be incredibly taxing. If you’re also raising children or dealing with your own health concerns, there’s a good chance you’re experiencing family caregiver burnout.

Are You a Caregiver Flowchart

Caretaker Burnout Symptoms

Family caregiver burnout can manifest in many ways, including:

  • Changes in appetite.
  • Lack of concentration.
  • Chronic fatigue.
  • Poor sleep.
  • Withdrawal from one’s social circle.
  • Persistent negativity.
  • Feeling sad, hopeless, and/or helpless.
  • Depression.
  • Abusing or neglecting the person receiving care.

Caregiver Self-Care Tips

The best method for dealing with caregiver stress is to prevent it in the first place. Whether you’re approaching the breaking point or have already reached it, use these tips to protect your own health as a caregiver.

  • Be realistic about what you can do and set limits.
  • Eat a balanced diet and stay hydrated.
  • Get regular exercise.
  • Make time for activities you enjoy.
  • Talk to a therapist or join a support group.
  • Ask for help when you need it.

Need a Break? Homewatch CareGivers Can Help

Caregiver breaks are nothing to be ashamed of. They’re absolutely necessary – nobody can do it all!

When you need a professional helping hand, your local Homewatch CareGivers will be there. Our compassionate caregivers can provide respite care so that your loved one gets the support they need while you rest and recharge. To get started, call (888) 404-5191 or click the button below to request your complimentary consultation.

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