In my honest opinion, I believe that everyone, at some point, has experienced caregiver burnout. Also, I believe that there are more cases of caregiver burnout than we’d like to admit too – meaning it’s a lot more common than we think.
I know for me personally, I’ve experienced caregiver burnout an amplitude of times – mainly because of my job. If I had to describe what exactly caregiver burnout is and what it feels like, I’d have to go with exhausting. You feel exhausted in every aspect; mentally, physically, spiritually, etc.
But how exactly can you prevent or lessen the extent of caregiver burnout? I think the most important thing is to take time for yourself – and I don’t mean this as a selfish thing either. It’s so important to take the time to breathe and set aside time out of our day to ourselves. I know for me, I like to reflect on my day and see what I did and focus on the positives of the day. Some other things I like to do include: baking, journaling, reading, having a bath, watching my favourite show, go for a walk, etc.
I suppose the most important thing that I want you to know is to always take the time to care for yourself and your health. But also do the activities that you enjoy when taking the time for you. Remember, “you is kind. You is smart. You is important.”
Alex Newton is a nursing student and mental health advocate. She grew up in a small town and plans on moving to London, England one day and open up her own health practice. She has a cat named Maya who she adopted whilst going through some difficulties. She’s a daughter, sister, and warrior who enjoys a nice cuppa tea.