Coping With Caregiver Burnout

Hey Insiders! Thanks for stopping by the Well. Tonight I am reblogging a post I wrote for Seashore Gardens Living Center. It discusses caregiver burnout and potential solutions.

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         Caring for a loved one is difficult on many fronts. First, it can be emotionally taxing to see someone we care about in a position of dependence. This is a clear source of stress from caregiving, but what are the other negative effects that creep in when someone else suddenly becomes the center of our attention?

            At some point in time, we are all likely to experience what it’s like to be so busy that we forget to perform basic self-care. This can take the form of missing meals, not getting enough sleep, neglecting to take time to do enjoyable activities, and so on. Caregivers are in a unique position of being responsible for someone else’s basic needs in addition to their own, and this can be detrimental to the person offering their support.

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            When someone is aging…

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