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RECOGNIZING THE STRESS AND BURNOUT SIGNS OF THE CAREGIVER

If you are assisting the caring of an elderly or disabled family member, you may most likely encounter caregiver’s stress and burnout syndrome. Each year, millions of people provide their family members with more than thousands of hours of care and assistance services.

You may feel a tiring and even crushing sense of responsibility while providing caring service. We have put together the following short guide for supporting you through such emotions and to avoid caregiver stress and burnout.

What are the signs of caregiver stress and burnout?

If you are not aware of the caregiver stress and burnout as a family member, it will be hard for you to avoid stress and burnout. If you contribute significantly to a disabled or elderly family member’s care, you are required to watch the signs that may appear on you.

The stress signs being observed widely among the caregivers may include but not limited to the following;

  • Exhaustion, lack of energy and fatigue
  • Lack of sleep or irregular sleep pattern
  • Anxiety, irritability and anger
  • Depression
  • Sudden fluctuations in weight
  • Physical pains such as headache or backache
  • Feelings of resentment
  • Excessive smoking or eating

If you start to notice one or more than one of those signs on yourself, you may be encountering caregiver’s stress and you are facing the risk of burnout. In such case, it is important to take some measures in order to fight against stress.

Self Care and Stress Reduction of Family Caregiver

Many family caregivers who are exposed to stress usually postpone their self-caring needs until last stage. Most of the time, the caregiving family members experience such great difficulties in terms of planning the time that they fail to notice they do not spare time for themselves. However, in the long run, that style of living will not damage only the caregiver but also your relationships with your friends, family and everyone who loves and cares for you. 

There are number of ways that family caregivers can reduce the stress and burnout risk. These are;

  • Meditation: Meditation practices such as yoga, mindfulness and deep breathing are perfect ways to reduce the stress and they may easily be integrated to your daily life. Even a short, five minute meditation break may work for your personal well-being.
  • Nutrition and Exercise: Healthy nutrition may become an issue in today’s world. It may be even more difficult to spare time for exercising during the intense daily rush. However, the vitamins and nutrients in fresh fruits and vegetables have positive impact on our physical and spiritual structure. Even the moderate level exercises such as taking the stairs will make you feel better.
  • Caregiver Assistance: Get caregiver assistance from professional teams for one or a few days of the week. Your loved ones will be happy with Medical Center's experienced caregivers and you will not have to worry.
  • Talk to Your Physician: No one can know you better than your physician at the point of protecting your health. If you feel that you are exposed to caregiver’s stress, talk over the ways of reducing your stress and living healthy.

Believe that managing the caregiver’s stress and burnout is bound to sparing time for yourself. We, as Medical Center, believe that ''Caregiving family members are the unsung heroes of each family. Keep in mind that sparing time for yourself as much as you do for your loved ones is also a need.''

If you feel that you need outside help In order to reduce the stress that may occur while caregiving your beloved family member; you may call Medical Center’s home care center and get information about temporary care options.

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