Providing care for a loved one can be a difficult job. In many cases, an emergency triggers the need for family caregiving, which can throw off your normal routine and cause stress and anxiety. It can be a physically and emotionally demanding job, especially in long-term cases.
Often, family caregivers focus their attention on the person they are caring for and neglect themselves, which results in caregiver burnout.
Here are some signs of caregiver burnout:
- Fatigue, feeling tired even after sleeping
- You find it difficult to relax
- You’ve lost interest in activities you previously enjoyed
- Weight fluctuation
- You get sick more frequently
- Neglecting your own needs
- You become irritated easily
- Feeling helpless or hopeless
Making sure you take care of yourself is a necessity. If you aren’t taking care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of anyone else.
If you or a loved one has experienced caregiver burnout, consider working with a home care agency to find a professional caregiver to help you with your caregiving needs. At Executive Care, we know that family caregiving can be a difficult job, and we are here to help! Contact your local Executive Care office today!