The Caregiver Show

Oct 29 2022

Toronto Show

Ontario Science Centre | 770 Don Mills Road, Toronto

The Caregiver Show

Oct 29 2022

Toronto Show

Ontario Science Centre | 770 Don Mills Road, Toronto

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Avoid caregiver burnout with these 5 tips

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(NC) There’s no doubt about it — being a caregiver is hard. Your day is filled with demands, balanced with uncertainty and financial pressure, not to mention a changing role, no time to yourself and guilt if you do take a few minutes to recharge.  

These factors and more can lead to caregiver burnout — a condition that leads to physical, emotional and mental exhaustion. Here are a few tips on how you can avoid burnout: 

  1. Take care of yourself emotionally and physically 

You play an invaluable role as caregiver for someone else, but you deserve care too. Sleep and rest whenever you can, talk to someone you trust, and remember you can’t control everything so work on how you respond instead.

  1. Make time for yourself 

There’s no need to feel guilty, as those relying on your care will ultimately thank you. Take a break to do something that refreshes you — even five minutes can help. Keep your break simple; try walking around the block or enjoying a cup of tea. 

  1. Know your limits  

You don’t need to be perfect. Set up realistic expectations for yourself. Take time to slow down and breathe when you’re feeling overwhelmed.  

  1. Join a support group or talk to other caregivers  

Being a caregiver can be stressful and exhausting, but you don’t need to do it alone.  Talking to others who understand can help, so make an effort to build your community supports. 

  1. Ask for help 

It’s okay to ask for help. Everyone needs help sometimes  and there are resources available even during the pandemic. Look for online support groups and community resources in your neighbourhood.   

Find information on virtual programs and supports for caregivers at www.marchofdimes.ca/caregivers.

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