How do I cope with caregiver burnout?

You want to give your loved one the best care you can, but caring for a loved one with a serious or end-stage illness can be stressful. Whether you’re sharing the responsibility or doing it on your own, caregiving can make it difficult to focus on your own health and wellbeing.

Are you experiencing:

  • Inability to sleep or the desire to sleep all the time?
  • Constant worry or feelings of being overwhelmed?
  • Weight gain or loss?
  • Irritability, sadness or anger?
  • Lack of interest in things you used to enjoy?
  • Pain, headaches or other physical problems?
  • Alcohol, drug or prescription drug abuse?

It may not be enough to get more rest, eat healthy and talk to friends and family.

Ask for Help! 

It’s okay to ask for help. Whether you’re caring for someone with a long-term illness or supporting someone who’s nearing the end of life, there is practical, emotional and spiritual support available so you can:

  • Cope with changes and life transitions
  • Talk to family and friends about your concerns
  • Learn how to manage stress
  • Explore the spiritual aspects of caregiving
  • Create positive caregiving experiences
  • Talk about end-of-life care and make important decisions
  • Learn what to expect as caregiving becomes more complex
  • Find personal meaning in the experience

Get the help you need now!