Top 3 Things You Can Do To Avoid Caregiver BurnoutThe Alzheimer's Site
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s takes a toll on the mind and body. Avoid caregiver burnout by following these three tips: speak out about how you’re feeling, accept help when it’s offered, and schedule regular check-ins from someone you care about, suggests HelpGuide.org. Take these three tips to heart, and take care of yourself so you can continue to care for someone else.
Opening a dialogue on issues that arise, such as time schedules, appointments, or home maintenance, allows communication to flow freely, and it removes the guesswork. Talking to those around you lets them understand what you’re feeling. This open communication can foster trust and ease stress for caregivers, their families, and those they’re caring for.
Don’t be afraid to accept help when someone offers it to you as they may recognize signs of burnout before you do. Typical signs of burnout include feeling overly emotional and unable to control mood swings, becoming sick more often, and having a short fuse that makes you snap at people close to you or others working with you, states Today. Accepting help when it’s offered is not a sign of weakness or an act of relinquishing control; it’s a way to take care of yourself first.
Let Someone Check In On You
Joining a caregivers’ support group can help to alleviate stress by allowing someone else to check in on your health, suggests the National Institute on Aging. These groups allow you to express yourself with those in similar situations, trade stories with them and actively participate in group activities. Once you find connections, allow others to check in on your health and well-being by scheduling weekly or even monthly meetings with them to discuss how you’re doing.
Caregiver burnout can be avoided. Follow these three tips along with others—such as making sleep a priority, staying connected with friends, and holding on to a sense of humor—to make sure you stay healthy, too.