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How To Overcome Caregiver Fatigue

By October 29, 2021October 17th, 2022No Comments2 min read

How to overcome caregiver fatigue is a question that is asked by those who understand what it is. Do you know what that is?

Caregiver fatigue occurs after taking care of a sick person or someone living with a condition and needs round-the-clock care. Family members or individuals taking care of people living with Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy are caregivers.

Have you ever had a Loved one admitted to hospital? And you had to take care of them 24/7? How did it make you feel? Anxious? Emotionally tired? Physical fatigue? Did you long for the person to get well and come home for this to be all over?

Now imagine the caregivers of these individuals. They have individuals who need care 24/7. There is no end to their role, they can only take a break. Unfortunately for some, there is no break.


Caregivers do more than they can handle or is required of them

Guilt- for spending more time on themselves than their loved one

Unrealistic expectations- Sometimes we take care of loved ones with the expectation that their involvement will have a positive impact on their loved ones. For patients living with a progressive disease, this may be unrealistic

Symptoms of Caregiver Fatigue

Withdrawal from friends and social circles.

Sudden changes in appetite that may result in weight loss or gain


Physical and emotional exhaustion


How to overcome caregiver fatigue

Join support groups. Look for support groups that help caregivers unravel their fatigue and emotions. This will be a good starting point

Do not be tired to express yourself. Let your family know how much you can take or give when in your role as a caregiver. You will be surprised how much your family and friends may step up and step in.

Lastly, do not neglect yourself. Take time to yourself and catch a break. Remember not to neglect your hobbies. These come in handy in boosting your mood.

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