In their desire to be as attentive as possible to the needs of their ill or elderly loved one, caregivers can tend to neglect their own well being. Other times, caregivers might feel guilty or neglectful if they take time away for themselves or they may struggle to separate their caregiver role from their role as a spouse, child or friend. Any of these can lead to caregiver burnout, a state of physical, emotional and/or mental exhaustion.
Burnout can occur when caregivers don’t get the help they need. Learning to recognize the signs of caregiver stress and burnout is key, so you can act to prevent things from becoming worse for both you and your loved one.
You might be experiencing some level of caregiver stress or burnout if you find yourself saying or thinking any of the following:
1. I just don’t feel like talking to or seeing anyone today or this week/ weekend.
If you frequently feel this way, especially not even seeing your family or close friends, it could be a sign that you are dealing with stress and being a caregiver is taking too much out of you.
2. Sometimes taking care of Mom/ Dad is too much. I feel like I want to end it all.
Thoughts of violence or suicide are dangerous warning signs of extreme burnout and probable depression and you should seek medical attention immediately. Prevent the stress from building up to this level by finding someone you trust -- such as a friend, co-worker, or neighbour -- to talk to about your feelings and frustrations.
3. I’ve been eating weirdly lately.
It is important to stay healthy by eating right and getting plenty of exercise and sleep. Both overeating or loss of appetite can be signs of stress so take action and ask for help
4. I’ v been sleeping weirdly lately.
If you have trouble falling asleep at night, struggle to stay asleep or have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning, you might be feeling the effects of caregiver stress.
If you’re having any of these signs, remember that ActivePro Nursing & Homecare Inc. has highly experienced and compassionate home nurses and caregivers to support the best quality of life possible for each individual's lifestyle and needs, wherever their home may be. We provide attentive, individualized care services out of our local Toronto and Niagara region offices. Remember we’re here for you and your loved one.
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For more information don't hesitate to contact us, we are here to provide you or your loved ones for the extra care that is needed. Call our local Niagara office at (289) 434-4704 or Toronto office at (647) 793-2525 to learn how caregiver services can assist your family.