The stress of caregiving leaves you vulnerable to a wide range of problems, including depression, anxiety, and burnout. And when you get to that point, both you and the person you’re caring for suffer.
Through my work as a registered nurse, I have found this is true whether you are a health care provider or a family caregiver.
According to helpguide.org, the common signs and symptoms of caregiver burnout include the following:
- You have much less energy than you once had
- It seems like you catch every cold or flu that’s going around
- You’re constantly exhausted, even after sleeping or taking a break
- You neglect your own needs, either because you’re too busy or you don’t care anymore
- Your life revolves around caregiving, but it gives you little satisfaction
- You have trouble relaxing, even when help is available
- You’re increasingly impatient and irritable with the person you’re caring for
- You feel helpless and hopeless
So how can we keep giving without burning out? Self-care is key in preventing caregiver burnout.
If you are a caregiver interested in creating more balance in your life so that you can effectively care for others and care for yourself, this event is for you!
Join me in a discussion about Reiki and learn about the benefits of Reiki practice as a tool for self-care. Please come with your questions!
This free event is being held Tuesday, May 16th from 7p-8p at The Meraki Center for Therapeutic Arts, 431 Trapelo Road, Belmont, MA.
A Reiki demonstration will be included. Space is limited, so please RSVP Janine@Coach4HealthyLiving.com