Suggested Caregiver Burnout Remedies:  Take a Break

May 2nd 2016

Let's assume that you meet the conditions that result in "Caregiver Burnout".  It won't get better on its own and, without intervention, can result in significant psychological issues.

First and foremost, if you are depressed for a prolonged period of time, please seek professional help immediately.  Getting help, or a "break" in the action is a very good way to break the burnout spiral.

Here's an example of what not to do when getting help (this is something that I personally did yesterday): 

While on vacation with my daughter, she volunteered to help me with my disabled wife.  I made the mistake of observing her help rather than using this time to take a break.  Because, we caregivers are sure that our way is the only way, I became very anxious while watching my daughter awkwardly try to get done what is routine for me.

My daughter was simply trying to give me a break and, of course, I accepted and was grateful.  Unfortunately, the stress I put onto myself watching her help my wife really took away from that experience.  Despite our appreciation for any assistance, we as caregivers really struggle to sit back and watch someone else do our self-imposed "job" or "responsibility".  I constantly struggle with this and see my fellow caregivers struggle as well. 
What I hope to impart on you from this experience is this: 
If you get a chance for a break, by all means take it!  Don't stress out if the help is not exactly what you would do or if it takes three times longer. Enjoy your break, go take a walk, or a drive or just do something for yourself.

For questions about this article and other care-giving tips, please email me:
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