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How to Handle Caregiver Burnout During the Pandemic?

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What is caregiver burnout?

Caregiver burnout is categorised as a state of total physical, emotional and mental exhaustion.

This happens due to multiple demands, lack of resources, less energy and/ or lack of support.

There are many factors that may contribute to caregive...

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Factors contributing to burnout

First factor is the ambiguity regarding your role and how to best support the person.

Second factor is the lack of or limited resources such as money, professional support, skills, time, hospitals, etc.

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Signs and symptoms of caregiver burnout

Physical exhaustion: Constant body aches, fatigue, frequent headaches

Weak immune system: Falling constantly ill

Changes in appetite: Eating too much or very little

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Stages of caregiver burnout

Stage one: Caregiver stress

Stress arises due to a sudden shift in the role of a caregiver. Handling the news, understanding treatment, gathering resources can lead to extreme stress and worry along with frustration.

Stage two: Caregiver ...

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Ways to manage caregiver burnout

Self-care:

  • It is important to prioritize your health along with taking care of other(s).
  • You cannot pour from an empty cup.
  • Your health and wellbeing are equally important.
  • Some self-care strategies ca...

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Ways to manage caregiver burnout (cont.)

Emotional Regulation:

  • As a caregiver, you undergo different emotions.
  • It’s important to recognize, accept, and work through these emotions.
  • Some common emotions are guilt, frustration, disappointment, resentment etc.

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Ways to manage caregiver burnout (cont.)

Seek Support:

  • Caregiving is not an easy job that can be handled alone.
  • Reach out to others for help.
  • During pandemics this can look like having virtual emotional support, financial support, reducing the number of commit...

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Ways to manage caregiver burnout (cont.)

Physical movement: 

  • Despite the fatigue and weariness, it is essential to move your body and give it exercise.
  • This helps in flexing the muscles, releasing the pain and aches.
  • Some ways to get enough movements are c...

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Ways to manage caregiver burnout (cont.)

Support groups:

  • Support groups are a great way to connect with individuals going through similar experiences.
  • This allows you to vent and share your experiences, learn or improve on your caregiving skills and strategies, and make you fee...

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Ways to manage caregiver burnout (cont.)

Professional help:

  • The therapist helps you express and manage emotional changes you may experience as a caregiver.
  • They can help you in finding ways to reduce burnout, start self-care and make small helpful changes in your life.

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