Dealing with Caregiver Burnout
Caring for a spouse or family member who's badly injured as a result of a car accident is a big responsibility.
It requires you to give of yourself in a big way. Both physically and emotionally.
And sometimes the weight of this responsiblity can take its tole.
But it doesn't have to be that way.
It's important that anyone who's acting as a caregiver plan ahead and adopt strategies designed to reduce the likelyhood of caregiver burnout.
Here are a few tips:
> Carve out some time for yourself - Do something you enjoy. Go shopping. Pursue a hobby. Or just have coffee with a friend;
> Lead a healthy lifestyle - Eat properly. Get regular exercise. And make sure you're getting adequate sleep;
> Get Someone else to help - You shouldn't feel guilty for wanting to take a day or two off. Get a family or close friend to assume the role of caregiver for a day or two.
> Talk to Someone - Being able to share your feelings and concerns is a big help when you're acting as a care-giver. Talk to a friend or loved one on a regular basis.
As a caregiver, you're giving a great deal of yourself in order to help someone else. But remember it's a marathon. Not a sprint.
The only way you're going to be able to care for a seriously injured spouse or family member, in the long run, is if you take proper care of yourself.
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