How Can I Avoid Caregiver Burnout?

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Avoiding caregiver burnout is so tricky because so many times people don't realize they need to avoid it until they're already in it. One thing that I always say to people is find a way to cut corners. One of the things we've talked about is this idea of being a good enough caregiver rather than the super caregiver and that really may mean that sometimes you cut corners, you order dinner out, you purchase the birthday cake, you have someone else pick the kids up from school.

Sometimes cutting those corners, and not feeling that you have to be perfect, which is very much a head game, but if you can let that down and let that go, sometime that can be a way of saying, okay I can handle this. Another thing I really strongly suggest to people is that you not try create a to do list that's a 100 items long or have 50 priorities that day, because you are guaranteeing that you will fail.

So a real key then become that you have this rule of three that I have talked about, which is three key priority, you must get through that day. Those can be work deadlines, they might be related to your children, they may be related to an older parent you're taking care. You must get those done and one's those are done, probably everything else will fall into place, or may be not that you'll find ways to cut corners for example to get dinner on the table so you get the deadline done.

But I do think it's about keeping those priorities manageable, finding ways to cut corners, and more than anything, allowing yourself to realize that good enough is more than enough.