Burnout is never a pleasant experience and something that many people suffer with each year.
It can affect the individual's ability to function and can lead to further things such as long-term depression.
So with that said, how can carers recognise, and try to overcome burnout?
Signs of Carer Burnout Happening
There are multiple signs of a burnout happening, but here are some of the most common, which are shared by other caregivers:
- Difficulty relaxing.
- Eating and drinking more or less than usual.
- Out of character, angry outbursts.
- Struggling to get to sleep.
- Not wanting to see friends and family.
- Feeling irritable and having a lack of patience.
Why Does Burnout Happen?
There can be many reasons why Carers suffer from burnout, and sometimes there is no one reason.
Often a variety of factors work together, and some of these include taking on too many hours, not getting enough rest, and emotional overload.
Providing care for others is both a mentally and physically draining task, and it can become very easy to find yourself overwhelmed.
One of the best ways to tackle burnout is to regain a better balance in your week. Your role might be to care for others, but you also need to look after yourself.
Look at how you could do this, maybe writing out a list or mind map on paper. Break it down with how you are feeling, what you want to improve in your life and build from there.
Are you getting enough rest, and looking after yourself by visiting the GP when there is something wrong?
Maybe asking a family member or friend for help could be the way to go - it could be as small as some help with the shopping, or having a little spruce up of the house. After all, who doesn't like the feeling of a full fridge and a clean house?
Ways to Help Fight the Burnout
There is no one-size-fits-all method that can help everyone. People are different, meaning we all find some tactics more helpful than others.
Here are some suggestions which you could try to help fight your burnout.
Leave The Non-Essential Things Behind
Choose what you think is important in life and build things around that, saying no to the things which are not essential to your life and won't have a positive impact.
Choose Things You Enjoy
This could be a variety of things, from walking the dog to redecorating the living room. If you're wanting to relax, a bit of Netflix and a pamper day could do just the trick - just don't forget to stock up on the snacks!
Whatever helps you to take your mind to another place apart from caring for others, do it! If you're wanting to kill two birds with one stone, why not do it with a friend or family member? Then you get to enjoy socialising at the same time.
Start a Diary
Many people who write things down say that it helps them deal with life more.
Being able to get across your thoughts and feelings and put it on paper helps you understand things in more detail. It could be how you're feeling that day, what you did, or your goals for the upcoming week.
Writing down the positives of the day will help you see that not everything in your life is negative. Just a few minutes a day can make the world of difference.
It can also be a lot easier to tell a diary how you really feel, rather than say it to someone else.
Letting Bad Days Go
People feel different emotions all the time. If you are angry or frustrated at the end of the working day, that's completely normal and not something to beat yourself up over.
Go to sleep, and wake up in the morning with the mindset that today is a new, fresh day.
Once something has happened, there's nothing you can do, so there's not much point in continuously worrying about it.
Sometimes the smallest of things can make the world of difference, but try not to overload yourself. Possibly try some of these ideas one by one, until you hopefully find something which helps elevate the burnout.
The better you can care for yourself, the better you will be able to look after other that you are supporting.
Just remember - you're not alone, or the first person to ever feel like this. If you need help, reach out and get it. Your health matters!