Taking Care of Yourself While Tending to Someone Sick

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Avoid Caregiver Burnout During the Coronavirus Pandemic with These Tips

Don’t lose sight of your own needs
Taking Care of Yourself While Tending to Someone Sick

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Even in the best of times, taking care of someone else due to illness or other reasons can be challenging. It makes sense, then, that it’s even more difficult in the midst of a global pandemic.

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Being a caregiver during a difficult time like the outbreak of COVID-19 can be especially stressful.

When caregivers spend too much time helping others and not enough time tending to their own needs, it can cause caregiver burnout, a common condition that leads to emotional and physical fatigue among other things.

Some symptoms of caregiver burnout include depression, fatigue, anxiety, irritability and changes in sleep habits. In addition, being isolated due to coronavirus can intensify those symptoms and have an impact on your health.

Whether you already take care of someone or find yourself in a caregiving role for the first time due to coronavirus, there are things you can do to help prevent caretaker burnout.

The Family Caregiver Alliance recommends reaching out for support and taking breaks when you can by connecting with others, going for walks and trying to carve out a few minutes of “me time” to relax.

It’s also important to manage feelings of anxiety and do your best not to become overwhelmed. Ways to do that include practicing self-care by eating healthy and exercising, focusing on positive moments and stories, and not spending too much time taking in news and information.

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Finally, if you are in a caretaker role, make sure you’re taking the necessary precautions to help stop the spread of germs if you’re caring for someone who is sick.