Are you aware enough to recognize when you are experiencing caregiver overload? You may be fighting the fires of crisis after crisis in caregiving and yet not recognize when your own burnout is occurring. Some signs of burnout include: trouble sleeping, often feeling teary, an unusual amount of marital discourse, not feeling sociable with family and friends, depression, guilt, anxiety, anger, physical problems of your own surfacing, fatigue, and having to change your employment hours due to caregiving needs.
Being present and connected is necessary each day for yourself and for others. It isn’t always easy being present as a caregiver because there are so many things to worry about, especially when you are raising your children and taking care of aging parents. However, caregiver burnout is a very real issue, and it can easily happen to anyone.
Strategies to Reduce Overload include:
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