Being a caregiver can be a rewarding yet stressful role which is why caregivers are at a high risk of burnout, says psychologist Dr Shane G. Owens. Due to the demanding and never-ending nature of the role, caregivers are at risk for high levels of stress, frustration, anxiety, exhaustion, anger, depression, and increased use of alcohol or other substances. What’s more, caregivers may have a reduced immune response, poor physical health and other chronic conditions, and they may neglect their own care and have a higher mortality risk than other people the same age who are not caregivers, according to the Family Caregiver Alliance.
One of the best things you can do for the person you taking care of is to take care of yourself, he says. Easier said than done? Start with these expert tips for reducing your burnout.