How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Caregivers are so busy caring for others that they can forget to take care of their own emotional, spiritual and physical health. Knowing the signs that point to caregiver burnout can help protect yourself and your love ones.

They include:

  • Excessive use of alcohol, medications or sleeping pills
  • Changes in appetite
  • Depression — a sense of hopelessness and lack of energy
  • Feeling like you want to hurt yourself or the one you’re caring for
  • Losing control physically and/or emotionally
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating

If you show any signs of caregiver burnout, it’s important to get help. Many caregivers feel guilty if they spend time for themselves, but you can’t take good care of anyone if you don’t take care of yourself. Start planning your day and prioritize your to-do list. Talking to your friends and turning to your support systems can help you deal with any overwhelming feelings.

For more information, visit heart.org.

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