6 Signs of Caregiver Fatigue
6 Signs of Caregiver Fatigue
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Social Withdrawal from friends and family is a sure sign of caregiver stress or fatigue. Burnout can induce a state of reclusion. It can cause withdrawal from friends and family creating a cocoon of isolation and depression. Caregivers can become so wrapped up in their patients that they neglect their own needs and desires. This is a sure sign that it is time for a vacation or short getaway to reset and refocus.
Emotional Turmoil can be a signal of a much more serious burnout. Feelings that go between anger and sadness without much time lapsing can be a sign of trouble. Physical and mental exhaustion can create these intense mood swings in your caregiver. It is easy to become overwhelmed in this role and that leads to anger. This anger, depression and stress can lead to disruptions in sleep patterns, eating patterns and as above mentioned social patterns. It is important to recognize these signs and seek help to realign your mentality and focus.
Abuse of alcohol or other uncontrolled substances to cope with and handle the stresses of your day to day responsibilities. Many people in this industry turn to these substances for help dealing with stress and anxiety. Drugs and alcohol can help to mask these symptoms, help you sleep or even help with your appetite; but ultimately this is putting a band aid on a very serious situation. If you are a caregiver who is turning to substances for relief it is time for you to seek outside help dealing with your stress.
A weakened Immune system or catching every illness that you encounter. You must listen to your body. Stress can not only cause depression, but physically take a toll on you. Becoming sick at every turn is a sign that you need to slow down, destress, and take overall better care of yourself. Neglecting your health will not benefit your patients. Never skip routine checkups with your doctor or fail to seek treatment for something. Also, getting a good night’s sleep is crucial is keeping a healthy body – inside and out.
Changes in appetite and weight fluctuations especially if based on stress. Stress manifests itself in a variety of ways. Some of us may over eat and gain weight when stress is a major factor in our day to day lives, and others may shy away from eating and lose substantial amounts of weight. Noticing these changes and being mindful of what is causing them is important to your caregiver’s health. Proper diet and healthy weight are critical to be a productive caregiver to your patient. If you notice signs of this, seek advice or counsel and do not ignore the signs.
You are the GO TO Caregiver, ALWAYS. It is important know our own limits. Everyone needs a day off, vacation, or time with friends and family. It is very important that you have a network of people in place to assist with the responsibilities and burden of caring for an aging loved one. Trying to go it alone can create stress, anxiety, and unnecessary fatigue. Having family, friends, hired staff to help share the load and burden will reduce the likelihood of getting overwhelmed and experiencing the above symptoms. Caregiving can be extremely overwhelming, but should never interfere with your own health and wellbeing. You cannot take care of someone else unless you take care of yourself first.
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