Managing caregiver burnout
The emotional and physical demands of caregiving can take a toll on anyone, no matter how infallible they think they are. It’s essential to be proactive and, if possible, prevent caregiver burnout from happening at all. Since it’s not always feasible to stop it altogether, there are some ways to make it easier to manage.
Focus on what you can do rather than what you can’t, and set realistic goals. Prioritize tasks, and make lists. It’s important to establish a daily routine, but caring for someone full-time can be overwhelming and unpredictable. There will be days when only the most important tasks get done, and it’s ok to be ok with that.
It’s also ok to set boundaries and say “no” to requests that you know will cause undue stress.
Accept help when it’s offered. Caregivers are so used to taking care of others that it’s hard for them to recognize when they need some help. Be specific in what you need, whether it be respite care, meals, picking up groceries, or help to catch up on routine housework.