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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
Establish "quiet time" for
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.