Help Yourself: 9 Ways to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Experts say building time into your routine to take care of yourself can keep depression at bay. To effectively care for others, you first have to care for yourself. Set aside all the “shoulds” and put yourself at the top of the list. 

1. Take a break.

Read a book, attend a religious service, watch a movie or call a friend. Taking a breather gives you a fresh perspective.

2. Ask for help.

And accept help when it’s offered.

3. Reach out.

Spending time with friends and other family members helps you recharge and decreases feelings of isolation.

4. Exercise.

Go for a walk, do yoga or ride a bike. Research shows regular physical activity can help prevent depression and alleviate anxiety.

5. Be healthy.

Take care of your health. Eat well, get plenty of sleep and see your doctor when needed.

6. Have a laugh.

Laughter is great for stress relief, so watch a funny movie, catch a comedy clip on YouTube or share a joke with a friend.

7. Catch a tune.

Match your mood: calming music to subdue frustration, energizing tunes to get your adrenaline pumping or a classic favorite to make you smile.

8.Group support.

Find a local support group through your homecare or hospice agency, or join an online support group. Vent to a friend. Let it out and leave it there.

9. Forgive yourself.

It’s normal to feel tired, frustrated or even angry at your circumstances or with family members who are not doing as much as they could.


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