Being a caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s disease is a very important role. It usually involves a number of tasks that can be very time consuming, and can require a great deal of effort. If we do not learn to recognize that certain tasks and expectations can take their toll on us, regardless of what role we play in life, we may find ourselves headed down the path of burnout.
Once we become more aware of why we experience burnout, and the various ways burnout manifests itself, we can begin to focus on ways to guard against it. It is time to develop a plan of action!
1. Dust yourself off. You’ve survived a burnout! Now it’s time to pick your head back up and move forward.
2. Take care of yourself:
- Regularly feed your body nutritious foods
- Get sufficient rest
- Exercise routinely
- Pay attention to your body’s signals of stress
3. Practice stress-reducing strategies:
- Breathing exercises
- Progressive relaxation techniques
- Tai chi
4. Develop a strong support system:
- Surround yourself with friends/family by whom you feel supported.
- Attend a support group where you can share your concerns & feelings.
- Utilize local resources to receive support/counseling or referrals for services that can assist you.
- See a counselor or therapist if you are in need of more extensive mental health support.
5. Create a fulfilling life:
- Make conscious decisions about how you want to spend your time.
- Say “yes” to what you want and say “no” to what you want.
- Acknowledge your priorities and actively build your life around them.
The key to avoiding burnout is to continually seek balance in our lives. The more informed we are about our own issues with burnout, the better armed we will be to take care of ourselves. Consequently, the better job we do of taking care of our own needs, the more we can be physically, mentally, and emotionally available to those around us.
To Contact Us
To learn more or to contact us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center please call (561) 588-4545 or visit us online at www.AlzheimersCareResourceCenter.org. Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week!