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Caregiver burnout is a common cause of stress, mental health issues, and health conditions. It has been experienced by the dedicated men and women who have been risking their lives to care for elderly and disabled individuals during the pandemic. 

What Causes Burnout?

Pandemic fatigue is a specific form of burnout experienced by many caregivers who work with elderly or sick individuals who were disproportionately affected by the Covid pandemic. Seniors and their devoted caregivers have been especially vulnerable to Covid since the start of 2020. That level of sustained stress can affect your health. 

How to Recognize Caregiver Burnout

When you are in the beginning stages of burnout, it can be challenging to identify the symptoms. Below are signs of caregiver burnout. 

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  • Chronic tiredness
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Feeling stress related to working with clients
  • Intrusive thoughts and fears related to the pandemic, including anxiety about catching or spreading Covid

4 Caregiver Tips for Better Self-care

To provide quality services to your clients, you need to practice self-care. Below are a few useful tips for practical and real-world ways you can destress your life and feel better. Rest and heal your mind, body, and soul by trying the following:

  1. Connect with others through social interactions and by talking to friends or family who may have seemed out of reach since the lockdowns.
  2. Find ways to relax alone using meditation or relaxation techniques. Enjoy the little things and make time for yourself each day. 
  3. The mind reflects the body. Take care of your body by eating nutritional meals, exercising, and getting quality sleep.
  4. When you feel overwhelmed, reach out for help by talking with a loved one, coworkers, a support group, or taking time off to see to your own health.