Keeping up with your own health needs in menopause, family needs, and work obligations are more than enough to cope with. Now, add caregiving for a loved one into the mix, and it’s easy to experience caregiver burnout.
Sure, you can hire a professional, but that can seriously impact your finances, and there may not be much wiggle room in your budget.
Here are 5 helpful tips to beat caregiver burn-out in menopause:
Take Care of Yourself
Put yourself first. It’s not selfish, and you need that energy in order to be the best caregiver. Eat a nourishing diet, make time to exercise, and get an annual physical so you stay current with needed screenings and immunizations.
Jot down some things you need help with, and enlist supportive friends or family. Tasks such as making a casserole for dinner or taking the person you care for out for a walk, can give you some much needed alone time.
Help with groceries and laundry are just two less things you have to cope with.
Use Community Resources
Many communities provide Meals on Wheels programs, that meet daily nutrition guidelines. Meals are tasty and it saves you from slaving over a hot stove when you’re dead tired. Check out adult day care centers that let your loved one interact with others for a few hours a day. These centers play music, teach exercises, and share current events.
Instead of stressing out coping with commute traffic, take advantage of Dial-A-Ride transportation for medical appointments.
Don’t Feel Guilty
Make peace with the fact that you’re not perfect, and concentrate on the things you can do to help. Make the decisions that you feel are right, and be open to improving along the way.
Join A Support Group
There is no greater feeling than realizing that you are not the only person experiencing the stress of caregiving. Group time allows you to share your joys and frustrations, and you can pick up some good tips from others that make things easier.
Create meaningful friendships so you can get together for coffee or a walk outside of group time, and it’s another opportunity to support each other.