Tips for Avoiding Caregiver Burnout

Shandra Martinez

| 2 min read

More than one in five people are unpaid family caregivers, according to a study commissioned by AARP. While many people volunteer to take care of a loved one, the work required can be exhausting.
Caregiver burnout is a feeling of emotional, physical and mental exhaustion, like you have nothing left to give. It may trigger depersonalization or an increasing detachment from the caregiving role — and sometimes from the person you’re caring for.
To prevent burnout, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Here are some additional tips:
  • Give yourself permission to take breaks.
  • Get out of the house.
  • Visit with friends.
  • Go for a walk.
  • Take care of yourself.
  • Don’t skip your own doctor appointments because you’re too busy.
  • Exercise daily.
  • Eat well and drink plenty of water.
  • Get enough quality sleep and try to maintain a consistent sleep schedule.
  • Schedule 15 minutes a day in you day and use the time just for you.
  • Sit with your coffee or tea and enjoy it.
  • Journal about your struggles and feelings.
  • Meditate, pray, stretch or do whatever you want to do.
  • Make a list of your daily activities and tasks. Delegate, automate and eliminate what you can.
  • Seek out local or virtual support groups to communicate with others who are in similar roles.
  • Develop positive coping skills and actively use them.
  • Discuss your concerns with someone you trust.
  • Seek out a professional, if necessary.
Learn more about the importance of self-care for caregivers in this Blue Cross Virtual Well-Being℠webinar, Dr. Dayna LePlatte Discusses Caregiver Self-care Tips to Avoid Burnout. You can also sign up for future employer- or individual-focused webinars and guided meditations here.
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