TAKE TIME TO FINALLY END YOUR FATIGUE
Return To Old and Positive Habits – Were you successful before you became a caregiver? Did you enjoy the success? Were you able to organize things? Were you influential? Did others trust you to get the job done? What is different now? Is it the extra caregiving tasks that leave you fatigued and worn out? If the answers are yes, stop what you are doing and return to old and positive habits.
Reduce Personal Pressure – Is it possible that the pressure you feel is coming from you? Don’t add your own pressure to perform to others’ expectations. You set the pace. Organize so that you can get done what you need to in the time allotted. You can’t create time. Do the best and the most you can in the time you have to do it. Try not to fret over tasks yet to be completed.
Discuss Your Tasks With Patient - Your loved patient might have suggestions as to how the load could be made lighter. It is possible that you’re doing things that may be beneficial to an extent, but if they combine to create a fatigue issue for you, something needs to change.
Seek Assistance from Others – If you have supportive others in your life, reach out to them. Connect with others who will help you physically with your tasks. They likely can help you feel stronger and less alone.
Exercise and Eat Well – Every diet, every physician, every organized list of how to take care of yourself mentions both exercise and eating well. If you are working harder than normal by providing caregiving service, then you would be advised to exercise three times a week and to eat three good meals daily. That is not impossible but takes planning. It is essential for your health and wellbeing.
Be Willing to Express Yourself - Now is a good time to remember all of those who have loved you, have shared their feelings, and have offered to help. Being helped by others, and supporting them in return helps ease the physical pain of too much work and too many extended hours. Even if you feel it will be hard, do it anyway. You have a lot to gain.
Take Time Off and Schedule – Who said you can’t take time off or even take a vacation. With good planning it is possible. At least try to make a schedule to include it. Be creative and think outside of the box. If you end up not going, even the vacation planning might be a welcome diversion.
Final Thought - Many caregivers, possibly like you, are either over worked, under trained and overly stressed, or any combination of the three. You may be giving all you have, but in many cases it might not be enough. You may need help and need it soon. So in the meantime, until organized assistance arrives, you will just have to carry on and do your best. But it takes more than talking about it. Change seldom occurs without action and love. Love is a powerful influence when individuals feel weak, alone and particularly fatigued. You may not be an expert and you may not have been completely trained, but if you are motivated by love and caring, in the end, maybe that will be the best preparation of all for your fatigue. After all, that is probably why you volunteered in the first place.