Caregiving is HARD, and even the most patient and loving person can experience signs of caregiver burnout. As a caregiver, it’s important to recognize these signs in yourself and ask for help when you need time off.
Signs you may need a break from caregiving:
- Low energy
- Poor sleep quality
- Changes in appetite
- Frequent Headaches
- Feeling alone
- Increased reliance on over the counter or prescription medications
- High levels of fear/anxiety
- Lack of empathy
- Feeling trapped
- Neglecting your own needs and health
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Feelings of ill will towards the person you are caring for
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, it may be time to step away from your loved one, even for just a few hours. As difficult as it can be to request help, giving yourself some time to destress and decompress every once in a while may be best for all involved.
Vantage Hospice offers respite care for caregivers experiencing burnout. Click here to learn more.