How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Why it’s important to know the warning signs of caregiver burnout—and how to handle it.

Stacey Feintuch
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7. Have people come to you. Make your life as easy as possible. Have dry cleaning picked up and delivered. Find a hairdresser who makes house calls. Order your groceries online, and consider hiring a cleaning service.

8. Stay healthy. It’s critical that you see to your own needs so that you can be in optimal shape for the sake of the person you’re caring for. Eat a healthful diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, get plenty of sleep and exercise at least 3 to 5 days a week.

9. Learn to laugh. Laughter really is one of the best medicines, so rent a silly movie, read a funny book or magazine or call a friend with a good sense of humor to help you let loose and chuckle.
July 2012