Providing care for a loved one is a demanding job. It can oftentimes be overwhelming, and caregivers can sometimes find themselves heading toward burnout. Here are 5 signs for caregivers to be aware of in order to determine if it’s time to seek out support.
Withdrawing from others
Caregivers who feel overwhelmed will oftentimes begin withdrawing from family and friends. Isolating oneself from the support structure of family and friends is typically an indication that the caregiver is taking on more than he/she can handle.
Life Struggles To Cope
As caregiving duties build up, everyday tasks often become difficult for caregivers to maintain. Sleep patterns become interrupted, and some people may turn to things like cigarettes or alcohol to get them through tough days.
Loss of Interest
Losing interest in hobbies is a common sign of caregiver burnout. While it’s normal to not have as much time to dedicate to hobbies once caregiving duties come into play, a loss of interest in long-time hobbies or passions can be a sign of depression.
Everyone experiences anger or gets mad from time to time, but frequently becoming irritated or lashing out at small matters is a sign of burnout. These bouts of anger, oftentimes out of character for the individual, can be expressed either verbally or physically.
Others Become Concerned
It’s normal for others to express concern for a caregiver’s day-to-day health, but when friends and family begin commenting on or questioning a caregiver’s behavior, again particularly if it is out of character, this typically means they see signs of burnout.
Burnout is a serious issue for caregivers, one that can lead to negative consequences for both the caregiver and the one receiving care. Burnout is nothing to be ashamed of. But it does need to be addressed.
You can read more about the signs of caregiver burnout in the original article posted by Care2.com, and you can also check out other posts by AbleThrive that can help with managing caregiver stress and avoiding caregiver burnout.
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