The demands of caregiving can be very stressful. Take time to care for yourself in the midst of your caregiver duties. Find out how you can prevent caregiver burnout and improve your wellbeing.
When you dedicate all your time, energy and effort to your caregiver duties, you may find it difficult to spare time or effort for other matters.
Some caregivers may also feel that it is easier to stay at home or that they are unable to leave their loved ones. They may spend time away from home only for errands or attending doctor’s appointments.
As friends and family may not understand what caregivers like you are going through, you may, over time, withdraw from socialising with others which can be isolating and.
It is important to take care of yourself, so you can take care of your loved ones.
Aside from self-care, connect with support groups. Support groups offer a safe and comfortable platform for you to meet people in similar situations and share your experiences. You will also get to learn new caregiving tips and know useful resources.
Support groups provide emotional support, allow better stress management and reduce a sense of frustration and isolation in caregivers. You will be giving and receiving support.
Support groups are usually facilitated by professionals such as social workers or counsellors, though there are some peer-led groups as well.
Support groups are also available online in the form of forums and social media groups. You can a part of a network of fellow caregivers, locally or internationally, without having to go down to a physical location.
If you do not have the time, feel unwell, or prefer to maintain a degree of privacy when sharing your personal thoughts and feelings, online support groups may also work better for you.You can search online for such support groups or ask other fellow caregivers to introduce you to some groups.
Below are some online communities you can check out on Facebook:
You can also seek counselling support from professionals to help address specific challenges. They can help you to understand and deal with your issues and emotions better.Counselling Services
This article was last reviewed on
22 Nov 2023
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