TIP of the WEEK: Caregiver Fatigue

February 13, 2015

Whether you are a parent, staff person, or teacher there are days that are simply exhausting! Giving everything you have to another person, especially if that person is having a very bad day can take its toll. Here are some things that you can do to survive on the not so good days:

1. Speak up.
Let people know how you are feeling. Fatigue, over reacting to small things, frustration and constant worry are all signs that you have had too much. Talk about your feelings openly.

2. Let people help you. If help is offered, accept it. You don’t need to do it alone. This will mean that you cannot control every situation and that is ok. Accepting help is not a sign of weakness.

3. Take a break. If you see the signs of burn out seek respite care if you are caring for a family member or schedule a vacation if you are a staff person. A much needed break can make all the difference.

4. Put yourself first. Ok, maybe this is unrealistic all of the time but do put yourself first for at least a few minutes per day. Give yourself small rewards at the end of the day- a hot bath, well hidden chocolate when everyone is in bed, your favorite tv show or anything that takes your mind off of the day.

You are an integral person in the life of our children and in order to give your best you need to be your best.

Patrice Carroll
Manager of PWS Services

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