Even though caregiving is a uniquely rewarding experience, it is also emotionally draining. Caregivers feel as if they pour a part of their souls into caring for the other person. This can be mentally taxing as can lead to a burnout.
Caregivers’ health is just as important as of those whom they’re caring for. Without a proper support system to help them pull through, a caregiver is likely to experience burnout due to the demanding nature of the job.
Getting counseling and guidance can help them maintain emotional stability so that they can help provide consistent care to others.
Why Caregiver Burnout is Dangerous
Caregivers may experience bouts of depression and frustration themselves while caregiving. This is but a normal and human emotional response to an incredibly stressful situation. These feelings do not amount to any failure on the caregiver’s part but only goes to show that they’re human too.
However, taking on too much sadness and anxiety can put in motion a self-destructive cycle that can eventually wreck a caregiver’s emotional and physical health.
The symptoms of a caregiver’s burnout include medical, psychological, physical, as well as social symptoms. It doesn’t just impact one area of their life, but all of it.
Learning how to deal with the stress in a healthy way can help caregivers maintain their health and perform better.
Why Counseling Matters
The responsibility of caring for a senior or a loved one can evoke feelings of resentment or of being trapped. That is a normal reaction to the stress that they have to go through. But this frustration can quickly develop into feelings of depression and anger, if left unchecked.
Even though not all caregiver experience feelings of depression, anxiety, or anger, those who do, counseling and guidance is must.
Caregiving counseling helps caregiver address these feelings so that they can deal with it in a healthy way and overcome them.
It is recommended that caregivers going through such a situation seek out a professional or a support group that they can talk to and share their emotions with, without the fear of being judged.
Finding someone they can confide in will give their emotions an outlet; they can vent them out to purge them out of their system so that they can do what they’re best at: caregiving.
Overwhelmed and burnt out caregivers can seek out counseling services and guidance through contacting us at The Global Caregiver. We are a caregiver support hotline and provide advice and assistance to caregivers in need.
Call (510) 866-3729 or (510) 250-7636 to find out more about our resources.