Being a Caregiver doesn’t mean they have to deliver a miracle – it’s about making a difference in someone’s life. They may not be able to cure your loved one’s disease, but when you help create predictability for a safe, pleasant day, that’s enough… in fact, that’s a BIG DEAL.
Sometimes Caregivers can get burnout, and it’s becoming very real problem in the United States. Well-rested, happy caregivers are crucial to caring. But, caregivers must find a balance. Here are some tips to avoid getting caregiver fatigue or burnout.
- Set Reasonable Goals – Sometimes setting monthly goals goes a long way. Set goals such as paying bills, laundry days, and daily tasks so you can plan it into your day and not feel overwhelmed. It’s important to remember not to stress it something doesn’t get done when you scheduled it. Make sure that the goals are reasonable and aren’t overwhelming.
- Know Your Limits – This is important – know when to stop! Or even learn when it’s time to slow down. Knowing that it’s OK that you don’t complete every task, or every goal is OK. Know your own personal limits!
- Understand What You’re Dealing With – Understand what your duties as a caregiver is. Try and learn more about your loved one’s condition. Try to understand and empathize with their emotions and what they’re going through. Understanding what you’re dealing with will help you to set reasonable goals and limits.
- Learn To Accept Your Feelings – Remember, it’s OK to sometimes get angry, stressed or feel irritable. Negative feelings are part of caregiving. Try to understand these feelings and learn how to overcome or accept them. There are also many ways to find coping mechanisms, such as caregiving support groups.
- Reach Out And Trust Someone – It’s not always easy to care for someone. It’s important to reach out and learn to trust someone. Making relationships outside of the caregiver-caretaker relationship may help prevent isolation and could be a great way to overcome stress and burnout.
- Find A Support Group – Try and find a support group to meet other caregivers who are in a similar situation. While you may have great relationships with friends and family, they might not always understand what you’re going through. Check out local support groups or online communities, such as Facebook Groups or Blogs.
- Stay Healthy And Positive – Try and take walks after dinner. Pilates or Yoga are a great way to exercise your body, mind and help destress. Join a local gym and try participating in group workout sessions.
- Be Realistic – Caregiving is a challenge and a real part of life. It’s important to be realistic in every aspect of caregiving. You may start to see when your loved one is beginning to have memory problems. Don’t get mad at them, it could be a natural part of the aging process.
Here at CT Help at Home, we understand what it’s like to care give for our loved ones. We hand-pick our caregivers, making sure they have the tools and certifications to give your loved ones the car and support they need. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions, or if you just need some guidance.