Happy New Year and welcome to 2022! Despite all the challenges we’ve faced last year – from the stressor of trying to stay safe from COVID-19 to struggles of social isolation and declining mental health – we have all come so far.
We’ve been living in the pandemic for almost 2 years and many people are exhausted and overwhelmed. Among our healthcare workers, many caregivers (including those that are unpaid) are definitely experiencing the effects of the pandemic.
According to a US survey conducted by Carer Well-Being Index, 72% of caregivers have said that caring for someone during the pandemic has caused them to feel more burnt out than ever since the pandemic began. Moreover, the pandemic has impacted several aspects of caregiver’s overall well-being. This includes:
- emotional/mental well-being
- Financial well-being
- Social well-being
- Physical well-being
A study conducted by Carer Well-Being Index highlighted five major themes in their US survey:
- Caregivers are experiencing high pressure due to increased demands and expectations placed on them.
- Caregivers have found themselves performing new tasks and fulfilling more responsibilities than previously
- Their physical, mental, financial, and social well-being have been majorly impacted by the pandemic
- Both women and racial/ethnic minorities are experiencing severe inequities
- Caregivers need more support across public and private sectors as it is a societal responsibility.
What are symptoms of caregiver burnout?
- Having a short fuse – losing your temper easily or having feelings of anger/frustration toward friends and family.
- Emotional outbursts – unexpectedly or suddenly finding yourself cry or having feelings of despair
- Trouble Sleeping – having sleepless nights or having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up tired.
- Significant weight change – gaining or losing an abnormal amount of weight during a short period of time or since having started caregiving
- Physical Ailments – this can include frequent headaches, experiencing more colds, chronic pain, high blood pressure and more.
- Social isolation – this may encompass not seeing anyone other than the person you are caring for and even dropping your usual activities or hobbies to care for them.
Are you experiencing caregiver burnout? If so, let us help you.