Caregivers Shouldn't Neglect Themselves
- Caregiving can take a toll on your emotional and physical health. More than one quarter of caregivers say that caring for another person has been hard on them emotionally.
- Caregiver burnout can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, anger, irritability, and physical illness.
- Take time for yourself and care for your own health to avoid burnout.
Caregiver burnout – the stress, anger, fatigue, and illness that can come from putting another person’s needs ahead of your own – is real. It can sneak up on you if you don’t take care of yourself. “It is important to have some things that you can do outside of the focus of caring for somebody that you love with cancer,” Bulger says. She suggests that you take a walk. Get a massage. Visit a support group for cancer caregivers, either online or in person. And see a therapist if you’re struggling to cope with all of your new responsibilities. Joining a support group and building your support team is often a very important strategy and can help prevent or reduce the risk of caregiver burnout.Read More