SHARING SOCIAL WORK WITH YOU

Shirl Hutchinson – RSSW-GER

Faith and Grace Manor CAREGIVER BURNOUT

... is serious business …


If you have some of the following signs of caregiver burnout – you need to start taking better care of your ‘self’ …

PHYSICAL

EMOTIONAL

SOCIAL

SELF-CARE

♥… you have less and less energy

… you have lost your sense of humour

… you are preoccupied with being a caregiver but feel little satisfaction

… you feel more and more disorganized

… sleeping does not relieve feelings of exhaustion

♥… you have mood swings and crying spells

♥… you have less and less social contact

♥… you have no time for your own needs

♥… little things

take enormous effort

♥… you feel increasingly sad, impatient, frustrated and resentful

♥… you have

feelings of emptiness

♥… you ignore your own needs

♥… you frequently have difficulty sleeping

♥… you worry about your future

... your family

relationships are strained

♥… you are unable to eat or rest even when help is available

♥… you are frequently ill with colds / flu or use medication / alcohol more often

♥… you feel overwhelmed about little things and cannot possibly focus on your own

well-being

♥… going out with friends takes too much time and effort

♥… you may over- eat to feel some sense of gratification that you are not finding

♥… you feel lethargic and feel like you are carrying the ‘weight of the world’ on your shoulders

♥… you become very

sensitive to things people say and do … no one else can understand but you

♥… do not feel that you can partake of a social evening because everybody else seems so happy

♥… you may stop looking after your appearance

You tend to feel guilty about how you feel … FEELINGS OF GUILT BECOME ALL-CONSUMING!

See your family doctor or contact the appropriate resources available to you at HCH -

THERE IS HELP FOR YOU!

SUPPORT YOURSELF

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