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Caregiver Burnout

By Dr. M. Ross Seligson

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Strategies to ward off or cope with burnout are important. To counteract burnout, the following specific strategies are recommended

  • Participate in a support network.

  • Consult with professionals to explore burnout issues.

  • Attend a support group to receive feedback and coping strategies.

  • Vary the focus of caregiving responsibilities if possible (rotate responsibilities with family members).

  • Exercise daily and maintain a healthy diet.

  • Establish "quiet time" for meditation.

  • Get a weekly massage

  • Stay involved in hobbies.

By acknowledging the reality that being a Caregiver is filled with stress and anxiety, and understanding the potential for burnout, Caregivers can be forewarned and guard against this debilitating condition. As much as it is said, it can still not be said too often, the best way to be an effective Caregiver is to take care of yourself.

M. Ross Seligson, Ph.D., P.A., is a Licensed Psychologist in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. He has supported Caregivers in his community for a number of years, including participation in AIDS, Mental Health, Cancer and Educational organizations.

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