10 Signs of Caregiver Burnout
Caregiver burnout can occur while taking care of a loved one who is frail, elderly, disabled, chronically sick, etc. Coping with a loved one's illness can involve dealing with financial pressures, changes in family dynamics and a disruption in family life. Unrelieved chronic stress can cause caregiver burnout.
Protect yourself from caregiver burnout.
10 warning signs include:
Overwhelming fatigue and lack of energy
Unrelenting stress disrupting daily functioning
Depression or mood swings
Becoming argumentative/irritable/impatient with your loved one
Difficulty coping with everyday things
Headaches, stomach aches or other physical symptoms
Changes in eating habits
Feeling like caregiving is controlling your life
Self-care, stress management and awareness are important to manage or control caregiver burnout.