It doesn’t matter whether you’re a new mom, single parent, volunteer, teacher, dealing with a family crisis or caring for an elderly parent, giving too much of yourself can lead to burnout, both mentally and physically.
Tending to the needs of others can be overwhelming and stressful and can:
- Overpower you physically and emotionally
- Add stress to your relationship with family and friends
- Leave you isolated
- Affect how you function at work
- Create feelings of guilt, anger, even sadness
If you work as a caregiver, you can experience a double burden when also caring for members of your family. Stay aware of your emotions and needs, and talk to someone you trust if you need help.
If you are responsible for the care of others, caring for your health is just as important as the care you are providing to others. Some simple ways to de-stress from caring for others include:
- Get enough “me time”
- Learn healthy ways to manage stress that work for you
- Try to have a healthy work-life balance
- Take regular breaks and connect with other people
- Meditate or practice mindfulness
Learn ways to take care of yourself before taking care of others.