Road To Recovery
The symptoms of burnout usually get worse, if left alone. Trying to push through and continue without change will usually lead to more physical and emotional damage. The National Family Caregivers Assn. recommends three steps for stemming the tide and recovering from burnout.
1. Slow down. This sounds easy, but seldom is. It takes discipline, determination and planning to find ways to relax, take breaks, fulfill your own needs and set boundaries. You may even h ave to learn to say “no” at times.
2. Get support. Ask for help and be prepared when someone asks “what can I do?” Take advantage of services in the community. Also, talk to family members and friends. Support groups can be a great help, too.
3. Reevaluate your goals and priorities. Burnout is a sign of imbalance. Readjust the order of your needs, hopes and desires.
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(Sources: Caregiver.org., National Family Caregivers Assn.)