Caregiving: Recognizing Burnout
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|Caregiving: Recognizing Burnout|
November 29, 2011
|When I was in college, my Mom was still raising two of my brothers. At the time, Brent was a toddler and Brad was a baby. They were only 17 months apart so this was her full-time job. Whenever we talked, I could hear her exhaustion on the other end of the line. I remember one conversation in particular because it made me realize how consuming it can be to take care of someone all day.We were talking about how she needed a break and could hardly find time to make it to the grocery store. She was telling me how she had finally called a babysitter to come watch the boys so she could run to the store in peace. “When the babysitter arrived, I didn’t want to leave,” she said as if she surprised herself. “I was just so excited to have an actual conversation with someone.”|
I looked at being a caretaker much differently that day and recognized the toll it can take on you when someone needs you for most of the daily routine. Something as simple as an adult conversation made her day easier. Whether you’re taking care of a 2 year-old or a 92 year-old, it is so important that you find time for yourself.
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| Britney Kirsch|
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