Coping with Caregiver Stress and Burnout


Original Publication Date: September 14, 2021

Publisher: Psychology Today

Author: Seth Meyers Psy.D


“It is only when an individual has physical energy and is in a positive enough mood that they can be effective and positive in providing care to someone else.”

Caregivers are prone to several mental and physical health risks, and they must pay attention to not only the care recipient’s needs but also their own. It is vital to remember that one cannot pour from an empty cup.

Seth Meyers enlists tips for caregivers to ensure they remain socially connected and have their own needs met in relationships.

“For example, taking 30 minutes twice per week to meet a friend for coffee, or even scheduling a phone date with a friend or relative, can be surprisingly effective in carrying a caregiver through an intense and isolating week of caregiving.”

He concludes by talking about cognitive reframing, one of the psychological benefits of caregiving.

“You can take the negative parts of the current circumstances and flip them into positives, reminding yourself that you are being kind and responsible by doing what you can for another human being…”

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