Many of us have already experienced taking care of someone else, may it be a sick sibling, spouse, parent, or friend once or twice in our lives. However, for some, taking care of an elderly, chronically ill, or loved one with disability has been a 24/7 task, seven days a week. Caregiving can be a fulfilling experience for primary carers. However, this huge responsibility can also be physically, mentally, and emotionally draining. When done without help and respite, caregivers tend to experience caregiver burnout.
What Is Caregiver Burnout?
Caregiver burnout occurs when one has eventually become overwhelmed with caregiving tasks. He or she is physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausted from caring for their loved one. They tend to feel alone, unsupported, and underappreciated. They also have neglected taking care of themselves and tending to their own needs.
Here are some of the signs and symptoms of caregiver burnout that you should watch out for and address before it’s too late.
Physical Signs and Symptoms
- Frequent headaches
- Body aches
- Stomach problems
- Overwhelming fatigue and lack of energy
- Increased or decreased appetite
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
- Sleep problems (too much or too little)
- Memory loss
- Frequent illnesses due to weakened immune system
Emotional Signs and Symptoms
- Feeling you’re losing control of your life and caregiving has taken over
- Feeling anxious and constantly worrying about everything
- Becoming unusually impatient, irritable or argumentative
- Feeling depressed and hopeless
- Not being able to focus and concentrate
- Isolating yourself emotionally and physically
- Lacking interest in recreational activities or hobbies that you used to enjoy
- Neglecting your own physical and emotional needs
All caregivers can experience caregiver burnout, especially if they do not receive support from others and receive some time off from caregiving tasks. Once burnt out, the caregiver will be unable to provide good care thus also harmful to the person receiving the care.
Take note of the signs and symptoms above. If you find yourself or a loved one who is a caregiver showing any of these, it may be time to slow down, ask for support, and take a break.
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