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Burnout is defined as “a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity”. Most of us hear this word and will deny that we are experiencing it. We tend to ignore it and think of it as something that will happen after years of working in the same position or at the same place, but it does not always happen like this. There are a lot of signs of burnout that we are not aware of.
As we all know, burnout can happen to any of us who are continually exposed to high levels of stress. Being caregivers, we reach this stage much faster than others. Speaking from my personal experience, those who struggle with their mental health to begin with will feel that loss of enjoyment and accomplishment at an even faster rate.
So how can we prevent this caregiver burnout? Here’s a list of things you can do:
Burnout is real, and it is rough. Be open to help and be open to change. And remember, you are capable of so much more than you give yourself credit for!