Recover from Caregiver Burnout

daughter and mother caregiverYou or someone you love may be the caregiver of an elderly, chronically ill or disabled loved one. Whether the care is given out of love, obligation, or for the sense of doing what’s right, most caregivers take on too much and are left feeling burnt out.

Being a caregiver can bring on financial stress, as well as disrupt family dynamics and regular day-to-day life. While caring for a loved one is important, it’s also important to prioritize your own care.

Step Away from the Wine Glass

woman relaxing with tea“A glass of wine will help me relax.” All too often people say this as a way to cope with the stress of everyday life. Phrases like, “It takes the edge off,” and “Just one beer” shouldn’t become your mantra when trying to unwind after a tough day at the office or a long night with the kids. Anxiety and alcohol use are often connected. Many times, people drink to relax and reduce anxiety, and in some instances, chronic alcohol abuse can lead to anxiety.

So what can you do without reaching for the bottle of wine?