Or perhaps it’s gone a bit further than that – you’re completely charred.
Burnout is defined as “a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands.” Burnout can happen to anyone, no matter what their age. It is our mind and body’s way of telling us that the stress we have in our lives is too much for us to cope with. Carers can be particularly susceptible to burnout. A Carers UK report found two-thirds of carers focussed on the care needs of the person they care for, rather than their own needs.
Burnout can be serious, leading to mental and physical ailments. How can you spot the signs? We share what to look out for.
You’re probably used to having aches and pains as a carer. But if you’re experiencing a lot of pain or discomfort, you might be heading for burnout. The physical symptoms include:
How can you relieve physical stress? Anything that gets your body to relieve tension can help. It could be things like:
Spotting the early mental and emotional signs
So what emotional or mental signs might you experience if you’re feeling burned out? Well, you might experience some of the following:
You could try:
It can be hard to acknowledge or remember when you’re feeling these kinds of things on a regular basis, so it might be helpful to keep a diary. You can check the Caregiver Self Assessment Questionnaire to gain some further insight into burnout and the steps that you can consider to help. Remember, you’re never alone. Accessing help and support when you need it is critical and will prevent further health problems down the line.
Accessing help and support:
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