Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – What is Compassion Fatigue?
Have you heard of “compassion fatigue”? Compassion fatigue can be experienced by many caregivers when caring for a loved one. This happens when you start forgetting about your own health care, physical, and emotional needs. Since caregiving is an overtime job, compassion fatigue can happen very quickly and easily. Many caregivers have the belief that this “could never happen to them” and they are “fine”.
Listen to these warning signs below to ensure your well-being.
- Friends start to dwindle- some of your closest friends start to not call or visit as much. This may have started happening because they have invited you time and time again and you have denied invitations or the caregiving conversations have consumed your old conversations with friends.
- You don’t feel complete or happy. It is hard for you to say when the last time you were “happy” was. This may just be because you haven’t put yourself first in a while.
- You notice that any caregiving duties seem to always fall on your back. You are the go-to girl/guy when it comes to any of those doctor visits, long insurance phone calls, or setting up more home care services. Your plate is becoming too full.
- You’ve gained weight and can’t seem to fit in your favorite run through the park anymore. You have let the caregiving needs take over your physical needs. Of course there are many reasons for being out of shape, but the fact of the matter is, you have let those reasons take over.
- Vacations are a thing of the past. The thought of a vacation can make you laugh. I’m sure you’re thinking, “Who would ever take over my duties and do them the right way? Yea right!”
- Sleeping is also a thing of the past. You can’t sleep through the whole night, you wake up to write down something you don’t want to forget to do tomorrow, and you go to bed late and wake up at the crack of dawn. Many caregivers overlook sleep and don’t even realize the look in their own eyes of pure exhaustion.
- Your favorite hobbies have dwindled away. We all know caregiving consumes your every breath, move, and thought, but it is so very important for you to keep enjoying the things you love.
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