Caring for the Caregiver: Preventing Burnout


This advice is always worth repeating. It really is OK to put your own needs first when that means keeping yourself healthy and stable!

All About Autism

I often write posts that are focused on the best ways to provide care for children and adults with disabilities. But what about the caregivers themselves? There are many of us out there, whether we are a parent, a family member, a teacher, a direct service professional, or a medical professional. caregiverOf course, although we bring an abundance of love and care with us to this “job,” I think few would disagree that being a caregiver is also a challenging job. Each of us has experienced “burnout,” a time when the emotions associated with caregiving surface and cause a person to become overwhelmed, or worse.

I believe it’s important to remember that, good or bad, these feelings are not only allowed but valid and important. We all experience them at some time. I recently learned that moms of children with autism had significantly lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol…

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  1. Yes, indeed. I remember feeling suicidal when I arranged a weekend off for myself, with nurses set up to care for the elders I was tending, and one of them sabotaged the whole thing to the extent that the cops were called in. You don’t want to let things get that far, because then you can’t even take care of yourself let alone your dependents.

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