There are almost 40 million Americans caring for an adult loved one and yet caregiving can be an isolating and lonely experience. And because it is often done out of sight of other people, it is easy to get burnt out.
Caring for a loved one takes a tremendous amount of energy and internal resources. When we are caring for a child, we usually have a partner to rely on. Daily care for an aging parent or spouse is often an experience carried primarily by one person. And if you are not careful, it can lead to physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion.
Below are eight signs that caregiving may be burning you out:
Caregiving takes a lot of energy and focus. There is a danger that you may become so focused that you compensate by withdrawing from other activities. We all have a limited capacity on what we can focus on. As we age, our ability to multi-task does diminish. Apply that to caregiving and it is easy to see why caregiving can become an all-consuming focus.
Do you ever come to the end of the day, having expended so much energy caring for your mom or dad that you don’t fell like interacting with other people?
This is okay occasionally but if it has become your default response, then you are getting burnt out.
Loss of interest
You may become so focused on what you need to do to get through the day that you lose interest in other activities. Your field of vision narrows so that you only see what is in front of you. The activities that you used to enjoy, no longer appeal to you.
If this describes your current state of mind – you are on your way to burn out.
When we are tired it is easy to feel irritable, hopeless, or helpless. Life looks so much more difficult and there doesn’t seem to be any solutions to our problems. We may feel like we have an endless road to walk an