As our population continues to grow older, more adult children are finding themselves taking on the role of caregiver for an aging parent. Some do so while working outside the home. Either way, the situation can be stressful, sometimes leading to a personal health crisis for the caregiver.
Many times, the caregiver won’t recognize and act on the warning signs of burnout until it’s too late. They fall ill or experience a serious injury. Or experience a stress-related mental health problem.
This is why it’s important to learn how to practice healthy self-care. And to also recognize the red flags that indicate you might be heading toward a serious case of caregiver burnout.
Warning Signs of Caregiver Burnout
The early symptoms of caregiver burnout are often subtle and easy to overlook, especially in the midst of a busy day. If you are a caregiver who has been experiencing these red flags for two weeks or more, it’s likely your body telling you it’s time to take a break for a break:
Should any of these symptoms be ones you are experiencing, it might be time to make some changes. Start by scheduling an appointment with your primary care physician. They can perform a physical and if necessary, create a plan for getting your health back on track.
Self-Care for the Family Caregiver
In addition to working with your doctor, you might find it helpful to try these suggestions for managing caregiver stress and preventing burnout:
Quality Care at Sunrise Senior Living
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