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When Caregiver Burnout Hits You

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Caregiver burnout is real.

This was hard for me to share, but I always said I would share the good, the bad, and the ugly, and if it helps one other person know that they are not alone, then it’s worth it.

Being a caregiver can be extremely lonesome, even with a spouse. Your schedule revolves around therapy, medications, doctor appointments, follow-up calls, and so many other things that are all for someone else. They become your priority, and it is easy to lose yourself in caring for them, and you forget to take care of yourself.

@iammrsnesbittTaking care of you isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity #dailyreminder #psa #caregiver #carterschallenge #specialneeds #caregiverburnout #mentalhealth♬ original sound – THXOC

The past few months, I have been a shell of a person with only bits and pieces of “me” floating around. I know myself well enough to know that if I don’t take time for myself and making it a priority now, I will end up in another deep depression which is not good for any of the ones I care for. I know I need to take care of myself to be the best caregiver I can be. It may be slow at the beginning and challenging, but it needs to be done.

If you are experiencing anything above or are withdrawn from family and friends, feeling hopeless or helpless, having appetite changes, and feeling emotionally exhausted both physically and mentally, ask for help. Take a break. And remind yourself that self-care is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. 

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Originally published: August 7, 2021
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