Becoming a caregiver for a parent, spouse or other loved one is a selfless act—and one that often comes with many physical and emotional challenges.
Care-giving frequently requires a person to dedicate most of their time and attention to caring for the patient, leaving little time for other activities. That can swiftly and dramatically change the nature of relationships. In addition, caregivers might not feel equipped to provide the kind of care their patient needs. All of this can lead to stress and, when left unchecked, caregiver burnout.
Symptoms of caregiver burnout include:
- Difficulty relaxing
- Difficulty taking care of your own needs
- Withdrawal from family and friends
- Anger and irritability
- Increased use of alcohol
- Increasing feelings of resentment
- Changes in appetite
- New or worsening health problems
However there are some tips to help you CARRY ON—for the one you care for and yourself:
Seeking professional guidance and help early on. Whether you pursue counseling or join a caregiver support group, having someone to talk with about your experience and feelings is important. Speaking to a professional allows caregivers to express themselves freely without being judged.
Turning to family and friends. Don’t let relationships fall to the wayside. Connections with family and friends provide you with support, escape, laughter and many other positive benefits. Take advantage of technology and text or video call when you need support. Caregivers should also remember that friends and family can—and are often very willing to—help where and how they can.
Scheduling time for yourself. Caregivers can’t care for others unless they take care of themselves. This means scheduling time for relaxation, exercise or whatever else is needed to recharge. Even if it is only for an hour or two, it is important to schedule time for self-care.
Now more than ever your employees need emotional support and resources. The global quarantine has created a whole new set of stressors that have woven their way into the home, work, trying to find work and of course staying healthy. We can help!
When you partner with Ulliance, our Life Advisor Consultants are always just a phone call away to teach ways to enhance your work-life balance and increase your happiness.
The Ulliance Life Advisor Employee Assistance Program can help employees and employers come closer to a state of total well-being.
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