Millions of Americans every year serve as caregivers for aging in place loved ones. Although caregiving is highly rewarding, it also takes a lot of time and energy. Caregiver stress, fatigue, and even full-blown caregiver burnout are possible; all of which can have a negative effect on a caregiver’s health, wellbeing and relationships. If you’re currently serving as a caregiver for an elderly loved one, there are several warning signs you need to watch for that will let you know when it’s time to take a caregiving break.

Warning Signs of Caregiver Fatigue

It’s common for a caregiver to feel powerless and frustrated when no matter how hard they try, the condition of their loved one just seems to get worse. As a result, they invest more and more time and effort into their caregiving duties until it reaches the point they’re completely worn down. Once caregiver fatigue sets in it can have a detrimental effect on job performance and relationships, including those with kids and a spouse. Here are some of the major warning signs of caregiver fatigue:

  • Sleep loss or sleeping too much
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Feeling mentally and physically tired all the time
  • Rapid weight loss or gain
  • Disinterest in activities and relationships they once enjoyed
  • Abuse of alcohol and drugs, including prescription medications
  • Constantly feeling worried or overwhelmed
  • Developing persistent physical problems of their own like headaches or body pain

If you’re a caregiver who’s currently experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be time to step away from your caregiving responsibilities for a while to get recharged and refreshed.

Where to Find Caregiver Relief

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