The responsibilities of caring for an elderly beloved can easily tote up, overwhelming you and leaving you stressed out. Even the most compassionate caregivers in the field also have their own meltdowns. And chances are, if you’ve been assuming the role of the family’s caregiver for long, you might’ve been experiencing now some bouts of caregiver crunch or burnout.
Take a look at these common signs of caregiver burnout. If you’re experiencing any of these, it’s best to take some time off the practice to renew yourself. Delaying self-care may worsen your condition.
- Losing interest in a hobby or favorite pastimes.
You may have been a bookworm or a movie junkie before you take the role of the family’s caregiver. Now, you don’t even have the heart to lift a book, turn the page, or watch your favorite series. You feel disinterested in things that matter a lot to you before.
- Abnormal sleeping patterns.
Whether you can’t sleep properly at night or can’t get out of bed properly in the morning, these sleeping troubles have a say on the effects of a caregiver’s burnout.
- Isolation or dissociation.
Do you also feel like you don’t want to interact with anybody else other than your care recipient? Dissociating from your social circle is often a sign that you’re drained as you’re taking care of a loved one.
- Unhealthy eating habits.
While you’re busy making both ends meet for your senior loved ones, you barely have enough time to sit down at the dining table and enjoy your meal. Abnormal eating patterns and unhealthy diet are signs you’re neck-deep stressed.
- Weakened immune system.
Have you experienced having colds or coughs for weeks? Do you easily get sick these days? Stress can wreak havoc with your immune system. When an illness keeps coming back or lasts longer than expected, it’s a telltale sign your body’s immune system isn’t functioning well as it should.
- Suicidal thoughts.
If the thought of hurting yourself or worse, taking down your life crosses your mind, it’s a critical red flag that needs immediate addressing. Extreme burnout can possibly lead to depression. Shake these violent thoughts off your head and seek help from a mental health expert. For the meantime, reach out to your family and friends and ask for support.
There are many ways to help your loved ones than being the sole caretaker of their needs. Ask your family members and enlist for their help. Or better yet, seek assistance from the care experts at Bright Home Health Care. Just remember that the only person who can keep you healthy and strong is yourself. If the tedious caregiving practice becomes unbearable, call us at 972-820-8240.