What is carer fatigue or burnout?
Carer burnout is when you reach a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion. It can be accompanied by a change in attitude leaving you unconcerned and feeling negative after being positive. If you don’t have a break and keep trying to push your personal boundaries, you will burnout physically or financially. Carers who “burnout” could suffer from fatigue, stress, anxiety, and depression. Many carers also feel guilty if they spend time on themselves rather than on their ill or elderly loved ones.
What are the symptoms of carer burnout?
The symptoms of carer burnout are much like the symptoms of stress and depression which could include:
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
- Feeling sad, agitated, hopeless, and helpless
- Changes in appetite, weight, or both
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Getting ill more often
- Emotional and physical exhaustion
- Using alcohol and/or sleep medications too much
- And in extreme cases, it can result in self-harm or harming your loved one.
- If you are having these thoughts, please get in touch and we will signpost you to your nearest support service.
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