Caregivers are especially prone to burning out, primarily because they spend so much time and energy trying to make sure that everyone in their life is cared for as well as possible. If you’re ignoring your own needs, though, burnout is far more likely.
Concentration Feels Impossible
Burnout and stress do a number on just about every aspect of your life, but you might not realize that your brain is taking a beating, too. Concentrating even on simple tasks might feel like the last thing you can successfully do. You might be able to handle smaller tasks or ones that don’t require you to think. Anything complicated, though, is probably out of the question.
Everything Feels Heavy
You might start to feel as if everything is just too much for you to deal with, even tasks and situations that are a normal part of your daily life. You might be trying to push through, no matter what. But that can start to take an even bigger toll on you than you realize.
Your Feelings Are All Over the Place
Stress and all that comes with it often means that your feelings rocket from one end of the spectrum to the other. There’s not a lot that you can do about that consciously, either. One of the best things that you can do is to remember that this too will pass and try to address what’s going on behind the feelings.
Your Relationships Are Rocky
When you’re dealing with burnout and everything feels awful, your emotions are unpredictable, and it’s tough to concentrate, it shouldn’t be a surprise that your interpersonal relationships are also having trouble. You might find that you need to spend a little more conscious effort maintaining your closest relationships. Otherwise, you might find yourself having rockier experiences with the people you’re closest to.
People Who Care about You Express Their Concern
Your closest friends and family might be trying to tell you something else, too. Listen to them if they’re telling you they’re concerned about how you’re doing. Sometimes other people can see things that you can’t about how you’re doing, especially when you’re getting a lot closer to burning out.
Burnout is something that you need to avoid as a caregiver. If you pay attention to some of the warning flags, you can put solutions in place before you head too far down the path to burning out.
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