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Caregivers’ Burnout – Retain Your Energy

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Recognizing Caregiver Burnout

As a caregiver of a senior, your days can be long and filled with responsibilities. You may feel run down, lethargic and like you are burning the candle at both ends. Taking care of yourself may fall at the end of the list. These are some of the symptoms of caregiver stress and burnout and you should pay close attention to them.

It is essential to take time for yourself not only to remain mentally and physically sharp, but to create a healthier, more sustainable relationship between you and your client.

There are ways to address these feelings and regain your energy with simple, common sense strategies. Here are some suggestions:

 

See a Doctor

Be sure to visit your physician regularly (at least annually), and listen to what your body is telling you. Any exhaustion, stress, sleeplessness, or changes in appetite or behavior should be taken seriously.

Get Moving

Exercise not only boosts endorphins and energy, but metabolism as well; making one feel all around healthier and more alert. If exercise is something you’d like to do alone, we would encourage you to take even just 10 minutes (30 mins a day recommended) to yourself to take a walk, use an exercise machine, or do a work-out video. Choose an activity you enjoy doing; if you choose something you don’t like, you’ll never feel like doing it.

There also are many ways you can be active with a client. Here are a few ideas:

  • Take a walk together outside to enjoy the fresh air
  • Go to the mall and take a stroll indoors
  • Do seated exercises at home
  • Dance together to favorite music
  • Garden or do other routine activities that you both enjoy
Eat Well
Here at Home Care Assistance, we follow the lifestyle and healthy diet shown to be a positive factor in the longevity of the Okinawan seniors; the longest living seniors in the world. This is called the Balanced Care Method. Please see our   Balanced Care Method Workbook  to learn about the method. We would also encourage you to use recipes that encompass this method of healthy eating, and these could be found in the workbook or   Super Smoothie Booklet .

To learn more about caregiver burnout, take our   assessment   to gauge whether you’re beginning to feel burnout. If you have many “All the Time” answers on this assessment, you may want to consider incorporating these next steps (above) to regain your energy.

We care about each of our caregivers’ wellbeing, so encourage you take these self-help options into consideration to avoid burnout. Our goal is for each of our caregivers to be happy and healthy, leading to the best quality of care for our clients as well. If you have any questions or concerns about caregiver burnout and how it may be affecting you, please also feel free to talk to your local office.
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