Caregiver Monday: Warning Signs of Burnout for Caregivers

Caregivers often get burned out.  We are often caring around the clock for ourselves and {at least} one other individual.  Some signs of burnout are:

  • Excessive stress and tension

    Do You Struggle with Caregiver Burnout?
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  • Debilitating depression
  • Persistent anxiety, anger, or guilt
  • Extreme irritability or anger with the patient
  • Decreased overall life satisfaction
  • Relationship conflicts and social isolation
  • Lower immunity and greater need for healthcare services
  • Excessive use of medications, drugs, or alcohol
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Mood swings
  • Loneliness
  • Exhaustion


Physical warning signs of burnout:headache

  • Stooped posture
  • Sweaty palms
  • Tension headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Chronic back pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Problems with sleep

Behavioral warning signs of burnout:

  • Overreacting
  • Acting on impulseburnout
  • Using alcohol or drugs
  • Withdrawing from relationships
  • Changing jobs often

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