The list is endless (Psychology Today, 2016):
- Chronic fatigue.
- Forgetfulness/impaired concentration and attention.
- Physical symptoms.
- Increased illness.
- Loss of appetite.
As a caregiver, you do work longer hours and travel more than a majority of other jobs. Being a twenty-four hour caregiving agency, we not only want our seniors to be mentally and physically well and safe but our own caretakers as well. If you have experienced any of the symptoms in the list above, than it may be time to take a step back and learn the tools to cope and manage with burning out.
Some tips are (Psychology Today, 2016):
- Saying “no.”
- Make a list of what needs to be done.
- Write words of encouragement next to each step of that list, incase you do not complete all of them that day. There is always tomorrow.
- Take a break!
- Break away from work for socializing activities–do not always make everything about work. It is OKAY to defocus.
- Go for a run or walk–getting outdoors immediately reduces stress chemically.
- Take a nap.
- Attend a support group; you are not alone.
A-1 Home Care wants their caregivers to be in their best, tip-top shape and to never feel overwhelmed and consumed if they are forcing themselves to work while burnt out. Always self-check how you are doing not just physically, but mentally as well.
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Phone number: 310-657-8780
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Phone number: 562-929-8400