Serving as a caregiver for an aging family member is highly rewarding, but it also takes a lot of energy, time and patience. Constantly juggling a hectic schedule with seemingly endless priorities can be very stressful at times. As a result, it’s not uncommon for family caregivers to get overwhelmed, placing them at risk for caregiver burnout. Staying physically and emotionally strong as an informal (unpaid) caregiver starts with finding healthy ways to unwind and decompress. If you’re feeling overwhelmed as a family caregiver, here are several ways to take care of yourself.

3 Stages of Caregiver Burnout

The ALS Association has identified 3 stages of caregiver burnout:

Frustration – The caregiver feels frustrated and disappointed because of their care recipient’s lack of progress. He or she can’t accept the f