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Signs of Caregiver Burnout

April is stress awareness month. For caregivers, it’s important to keep stress at a minimum and always find time to relax, renew and rejuvenate. Failing to do so can result in burnout.

As a caregiver, it is crucial to watch for signs of burnout. Once burnout occurs, it is no longer safe for you or the person you are caring for. There are several signs of burnout:

  • Feelings of depression
  • A sense of ongoing and constant fatigue
  • Withdrawal from social contacts
  • Dependence on use of stimulants and alcohol
  • Increasing fear of death
  • Change in eating habits
  • It seems like you catch every cold or flu that’s going around
  • Constantly exhausted, even after sleeping or taking a break
  • You neglect you own needs
  • You life revolves around care giving, even when help is available
  • Troubles relaxing during down time
  • You’re increasingly impatient and irritable with the person you’re caring for
  • You feel overwhelmed, helpless and hopeless

Keep Calm and Seek Respite

If you are feeling any of the above symptoms, take time for yourself. Even 10-15 minutes per day can do wonders to improve your ability to handle life’s stressors. Need some ideas on how to relax?

  • Go for a quick walk or bike ride
  • Exercise
  • Meditate
  • Listen to music
  • Read a book
  • Play a game
  • Go out with a friend

Respite services are a great chance for caregivers to get a longer break from the sometimes difficult task of caring for an aging or ill loved one. Respite services allow caregivers to get out of the house for at least 2 hours. Respite can be 2 to 24 hour care. It’s up to you. A rested and relaxed caregiver is better for all parties involved.

For more information on the benefits of respite services, please refer to the following articles:


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