Millions of American adults currently serve as caregivers for aging in place loved ones, and most also manage a household and hold down a job. As a result, many informal caregivers battle stress, anxiety and fatigue that eventually place their health and wellbeing at risk. If you currently find yourself in this challenging position, it’s important to set goals that protect your wellbeing so you can continue providing the level of care that your loved one deserves. Here are 4 goals that should be at the top of every caregiver’s list.

What Causes Caregiver Stress?

Serving as a family caregiver is a daily rollercoaster ride of emotions and experiences. As this pattern continues month after month, it can cause caregiver stress, a condition that’s oftentimes associated with these risk factors:

  • Depression
  • Spending too much time on caregiving
  • Social isolation
  • Role reversal
  • Financial difficulties
  • Workplace complications caused by caregiving commitments
  • Living with the person receiving care
  • Neglecting one’s spouse and children

Left unaddressed, caregiver stress can lead to full-blown burnout which can negatively impact a caregiver’s quality of life and happiness.

4 Ways to Avoid Caregiver Stress

As a caregiver, you’re not going to be any good to your loved one if you allow yourself to get burned out. Here are 4 effective ways to avoid caregiver stress:

1. Accept Your Limitations

Caregivers oftentimes feel guilty and overwhelmed because they have unrealistic expectations. Focus on the care you can provide by learning as much as p