Don’t Ignore these Signs of Caregiver Burnout

To burn out means to exhaust all the fuel until there is nothing left. It is often used in relation to motors, forest fires and other combustible situations. Increasingly, the term is being applied to chronic stress, especially to family caregivers. Because caring for an elderly relative can create endless work with few breaks for…

Are You Nurturing Yourself as a Caregiver?

As a caregiver you probably spend quite a bit of time nurturing your elderly family member, but how often are you nurturing yourself? You might find that to be too much, but it really isn’t. If you nurture yourself, you’ll be in a better position to be able to nurture the other people in your…

What Does it Mean to Take a Break as a Caregiver?

Some caregivers hear the phrase “take a break” and have no idea what they should be doing. If they’re not being a caregiver, what are they doing and being? Look for Ways to Laugh. Whether you enjoy reading books that make you laugh or watching TV shows that you find hysterical, make the time to…

Could Positive Affirmations Help You Be a Better Caregiver?

If you’re like most caregivers, you spend a lot of time worrying about how to be a better and more effective caregiver. You might be surprised to discover that something as simple as positive affirmations can help you to do just that. Affirmations Work When You Use Them. Affirmations are short statements and they seem…

What Can You Do to Silence Caregiver Guilt?

Guilt is a common feeling for caregivers. In fact, you might feel as if no matter what you do, guilt is right there with you all the time. Listen to What You’re Saying to Yourself. Your inner monologue is what you’re saying to yourself every day and in every situation. If you’re constantly berating yourself…

Three Things Family Caregivers Often Think and Shouldn’t Be Ashamed Of

You’re caring for your parent. Whether your mom has Alzheimer’s or your dad had a stroke, taking care of an elderly parent is hard. You often feel alone. You feel incredible guilt for some of the thoughts that cross your mind. You’re not the only one in this situation. Here are some of the things…

What Clues Could Let You Know that You’re Nearing Peak Frustration Levels?

Frustration is a part of life, especially if you’re a family caregiver. But when you’re too frustrated, you undermine yourself in all areas of your life. Some of these signs and symptoms can alert you to the fact that you’re almost out of control when it comes to your frustration levels. Then you can put…

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