5 Helpful Tips You Need To Avoid Caregiver Burnout

 

You’re tired. No, you’re exhausted and no matter how much sleep you get, it’s how you feel all the time. Your every thought is consumed with helping your loved one with Alzheimer’s because they need the help and you’re the best person that can give it to them. While you’re proud of this, there’s a portion of you that feels overwhelmed and burdened with this task, which makes you feel even worse. Feeling stuck, you just suffer in silence, neglecting yourself and your needs in lieu of caring for someone else. But that is not the best approach. In order to properly care for your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, you have to keep yourself mentally and physically well by doing the following:

 

  • Make time for yourself

    • It’s not uncommon for caregivers to be so focused on the care of their loved one, they forget to carve out time to participate in the activities that bring them joy.  Although it may not be easy, find a way to get to the gym, go on a walk, have lunch with a friend or call someone you love.  

  • Join A Support Group.

    • You can join our Facebook group for Alzheimer’s caregivers or find local support.  Surrounding yourself with other caregivers who are going through similar situations can provide you with an opportunity to vent, get advice, and just have a friend who can relate to your situation.  

  • Ask For Help

    • You cannot do it all. Family and friends won’t know you need help unless you say something. Furthermore, people want to help.  Ask them for some assistance and don’t be afraid to say yes when help is offered. Let other people assist you and spread the responsibility. Delegate responsibility and don’t try to control every aspect of how people are helping. The best way for people to learn about what you are going through is to experience your situation by helping.

  • Keep on top of your doctor’s visits.

    • Caregivers can be more susceptible to getting sick because of stress and exhaustion. It is important to make sure your health is good because if it’s not you won’t be able to give your loved one proper care.

  • Find Ways To Feel Empowered.

    • Feeling powerless is a contributor to depression for caregivers. Take back your power and find ways to focus on things you can control and the positives of the day. Your loved one may have given you a hard time when you were trying to feed them, but at least they ate. Know that there are some things out of your control and the best thing you can do for your loved one is make them feel comfortable and loved in that moment. Focus on the positives. If your loved one is safe and in your care, you’re doing an awesome job.

 

It is okay to sometimes feel bad as a caregiver. This is natural.  But know that there are resources and outlets that you can use to help you feel better. You have a tough job, so don’t forget to give some of that loving care you are giving to others, to yourself. You deserve it!

 

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