We can all get weighed down with the stress of caring for others, especially when your loved one isn’t getting any better. So ‘Dementia Today’ has given you pointers on what to look out for when experiencing a Caregiver Burnout and ways to avoid this.
How to Spot Burnout
When your responsibilities start to overwhelm you, you may feel:
- More frustrated and impatient
- Less hungry or more hungry
- Less pleasure in things you used to enjoy
If you feel this way, it’s crucial you recognise these feelings and take some time out for yourself.
If your loved one is starting arguments and living in the past it’s important to remember that this is their dementia talking, not them. So try not to argue with her, even when you know she’s not right.
Take Care of Yourself Too
- Keep up with your own medical care.
- Exercise daily, even if it’s just a 20-minute walk.
- Get enough sleep.
- Spend time with people you like.
- Consider talking with a counsellor about what’s going on and how you’re doing.
Ask for Help
Then lastly, if you feel as though you need help, do not be afraid to ask for it! Whether it’s a friend, a family member or a care service, it is important to identify when you need a hand as this can be the main way of avoiding a caregiver burnout.