Looking after a client starts with looking after yourself. Burning out as a carer is a more common issue than it needs to be; especially for the individuals who pride themselves on improving the quality of life for the service user. There are a number of effects that are placed on the shoulders of someone caring for another person and helping them feel at ease despite the level of complexity.
There are many ways to learn how you can manage with your overall health, however not everyone thinks it is a necessity to take some time out. Here are a few tips on how to take care of yourself first so that you are able to take care of those who need you.
1. Look for the Signs
The best way to avoid burnout is to recognise the signs first. A few symptoms you can look out for are as follows:
Change in appetite
Anxiety, depression, mood swings,
Lack of energy, difficulty with completing everyday tasks
Withdrawing from people and activities
Physical symptoms like migraines and other health issues
Forgetfulness or lack of focus
2. Evaluate the Cause
Now that you can understand that you’re burnt out; you can take the necessary measures to evaluate why you are exhausted. Are you taking on more than you can handle? Trouble focusing on a single task or even finding yourself a little irritable? Once you’ve recognised a few of these symptoms; it then becomes easier to look after yourself.
3. Reach Out to Someone
People tend to withdraw from social settings when stressed but spending time with friends and family allows you to de-stress and have a little relaxation. If you feel like you are taking on too much, you could also reach out to a colleague who might have also been in your shoes.
4. Take A Break
Taking a step back and accepting that you might just need to take a break can work wonders. Whether its a weekend away or using up your vacation days to take care of you mental, physical and overall health is the most important thing.
Remember: Set manageable goals and keep working towards them and hopefully it'll minimise your overall burnout.