Help for Caregiver Burnout Can be Simple

by Melena Stevens, LCSW

Front-line workers in front of firetruck. Front-line workers suffer from caregiver burnout at a rate that is higher than peers.

Heros are Hit the Hardest 

Being a front-line worker is hard. Being a front-line worker since 2020 is harder. Teachers, healthcare workers, police, military, firefighters, and social workers are all in the business of helping others. Helping professions are the most at risk for experiencing burnout, especially since the pandemic. 

If you are one of the 75% of employees who experienced or are currently experiencing burnout, it is important to take care of yourself and as you do it can help increase motivation and contentment, while decreasing stress, and possibly even feelings of depression associated with Burnout. 

How to Take Care of Yourself to Decrease Burnout

The one overarching theme for recovering from burnout is – self-care, self-care, self-care! Self-care doesn’t just mean pampering. It’s more than just a massage or a nap. It’s doing something every day, for at least 15 minutes per day, just for you because you want to. Self-care can come in many different forms. It’s taking care of all parts of yourself. Here are some different types of self-care to help get you started:

  • Physically – go for a walk, take a long shower, dance, get a massage, stretch, personal hygiene, eat something clean and easy.
  • Emotionally – go to therapy, listen to your favorite song, journal, play with a pet.
  • Socially – send a kind message to a friend, go on an activity with a friend, call a loved one, serve someone, call up a family or friend.
  • Spiritually – meditate, do yoga, observe nature, or explore your faith.
  • Mentally – read for pleasure, spend time thinking of positive memories, listen to a podcast, organize a room, draw, or paint

If you are looking for ways to help recover from being burned out, we can help. Unified Family Therapy has several therapists who focus on helping caregivers take care of themselves so they can continue to care for others. Your therapist can help you come up with a plan to nurture yourself, discover ways to care for yourself, and talk about the challenges that you face in healthy and healing ways. Make an appointment today!