Thrive with Therapy: Preventing Caregiver Burnout
Caregiving is a wonderfully rewarding adventure, however, it is also physically and mentally demanding. As a caregiver, you need and deserve support, and without it, you risk putting a strain on your health and your well-being and succumbing to burnout. However, by utilizing resources such as counselling, you can maintain emotional stability, avoid burnout, and thrive as a caregiver.
It is natural to experience periods of grief and frustration when you are caregiving. This is a common response to a challenging situation. Being in touch with your full range of feelings in no way indicates failure or inadequacy in your care. Caregivers provide an incredible service. However, the stress of this responsibility can have emotional consequences, and without being careful to monitor your moods, it is possible to experience guilt over these perfectly natural feelings.
The responsibility of caring for a vulnerable individual could cause you to feel trapped and stressed, and the feelings of grief and frustration can, untended, quickly grow into resentment, anger, and depression. It's estimated that nearly 20 percent of family caregivers experience some form of depression. Caregiver burnout can present as physical, psychological, and social issues. Finding support and learning healthy ways to handle stress is essential for thriving as a caregiver. A skillful therapist can help you process your feelings, learn to set boundaries, sharpen problem-solving abilities, and improve communication skills.
One of the many benefits of counselling is learning to understand and address your feelings. Caregivers who experience regular emotional support are better able to avoid burnout, manage complex care decisions, and to meet their own needs.