How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout 

In the United States, approximately 1 in 3 adults are caregivers to loved ones. This means that millions of Americans are the primary caregivers for their children, spouse, parent, or other family member. Such a role often means being responsible for the care of the loved one, in addition to working a full- or part-time job. By the time the day is over, caregivers may feel as if all their energy has been exhausted by taking care of others. Continuously putting themselves last and pushing their own needs to the wayside can cause burnout for caregivers. Daily stressors are frequently compounded by the constant worry over a loved one’s health, and the many roles these caregivers have often make it difficult to find a balance in life. In today’s world, it is crucial to understand how to cope and manage these obligations. 

Common symptoms of caregiver burnout include: 

  1. Feelings of depression, hopelessness, & helplessness. 
  2. Withdrawal from friends and loved ones. 
  3. Recent lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities & hobbies. 
  4. Deviations in appetite or weight. 
  5. Changes in sleep patterns. 
  6. Feelings of wanting to harm oneself or the person you are providing care for. 

Ways to combat caregiver burnout: 

  1. Utilize respite services to help share the responsibilities: Consider in-home care or brief stays at an assisted living facility. 
  2. Avoid self-isolation: Confide in a trusted friend, spouse, or partner about your feelings and experiences. 
  3. Discover local support groups to engage with others who are experiencing the same challenges.  
  4. Educate yourself as much as possible about your loved one’s health concerns and needs. 
  5. Talk to a professional who can help guide you and make you feel heard.  
  6. Find a hobby to occupy your mind. 
  7. Continue to prioritize self-care: Eat healthy, exercise, and take some time for yourself. 

If you are experiencing a crisis and need immediate assistance, call or text the nationwide helpline at 988 to speak to a professional. This helpline is available 24/7 and is fully confidential.  

Call us at Quintessential Health at 1-833-QCARES (1-833-742-2737) or visit us at our Quintessential Health website to schedule an appointment and connect with someone who can help you further navigate any caregiver burnout you may be experiencing.  

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By: Allison Stein, B.S.