There are so many events in life that have the potential to burn a person out. Do you have a new baby in the house? Have you adopted a new puppy? Are you responsible for the care of elderly parents? Are you working lots of extra hours at work to impress the boss or to just make ends meet? Are you a single parent solely in charge of raising little ones?

All of these situations can push a person past their limits of patience and energy. The potential then is the caregiver becomes in need of care.

These examples can apply to anyone suffering from caregiver burnout. Image found on Pinterest. Source included in image.

If these examples sound familiar to you then it’s time you take care of you. You need to fill your bucket before you start emptying it to fulfill all the responsibilities you have on your plate. You need time to recharge. When the baby/children/puppy has nap time then you need nap time/quiet time too. Make the effort to establish quiet time or nap time routines.

For example, our new puppy had been running us ragged until we started doing forced naps. My daughter researched and found out for every hour a puppy is awake they need an hour to two hour nap. We read her cues. When she becomes overly aggressive in play, it means she’s overtired and needs to rest. We put her in her crate and after a few seconds of whining, she falls asleep. Then after, she plays nicer and we’ve all had a nice break. Sometimes we rest and sometimes we use the time to get chores done. It’s a win win for all, puppy included.

Don’t be shy to ask for help. Hire a babysitter or ask a friend to step in. Maybe you can trade favours. Look into respite care if you need a break from caring for the elderly or a special needs child. Look into programs and services that may be available in your community that are free or low cost. As for working too much, make sure you’re doing a job you enjoy and don’t be afraid to ask if you can work alternative hours that suit your schedule better than a traditional work schedule might or work from home if you can so at least you don’t have the commute to add to your stress level.

Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and make your health a priority. When you feel emotionally, mentally and physically well, you will be able to do everything you need to do for all the people who depend on you!

There’s nothing wrong with doing what is best for you! Image found on Pinterest. Source credit in image above.

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