Warning Signs of Caregiver Stress1
- Anger at elder, family, doctors and/or service providers.
- Withdrawal from activities.
- Feelings of being overwhelmed.
- Feelings of anxiety or constant worry.
- Inability to find pleasure in anything anymore.
- Exhaustion and/or sleeplessness.
- Worsening of chronic conditions.
- Lack of concentration.
Warning Signs of Caregiver Burnout2
- Persistent symptoms.
- Constant anxiety, irritability or anger.
- Feelings of detachment, numbness or exhaustion.
- Continuous self-criticism.
- Withdrawal from usual activities.
- Negligence or hatred of caregiving responsibilities.
- Trouble at work or in relationships.
- Substance abuse.
What Causes Caregiver Burnout3
- Role confusion.
- Unrealistic expectations.
- Lack of control.
- Unreasonable demands.
Tips for Avoiding Caregiving Burnout4
- Schedule regular afternoon or evenings out.
- Take time to talk with friends, either in person or on the phone.
- Eat nutritious meals.
- Get enough sleep.
- Exercise regularly.
- Make a list of jobs you could ask for help with.
- Arrange adult day care.
- Join a support group.
- Draw strength from your faith.
- Take time to pamper yourself.
- Plan a weekend getaway.
- Hire a temporary caregiver from a respite care program.
For More Information About Stress & Burnout
- Effects of Stress from WEBMD
- Stress Information from Mayo Clinic
- Stress Information from Psychology Today
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2. Modnick, Kemp & White. (2007). Helpguide.org: Are you in danger of burnout? Retrieved on May 17, 2007 from http://www.helpguid.org/elder/respite_care.htm
3. WebMD.Com. (2002). Heart Disease Guide: What cause caregiver burnout? Retrieved October 21, 2007 from http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/guide/heart-disease-recognizing-caregiver-burnout
4. 4therapy.com. (2007). Easing the stress of caregiving. Retrieved October 21, 2007 from http://www.4therapy.com/consumer/conditions/item.php?uniquied=5585&categoryid=452&