Caregiver fatigue, also known as caregiver exhaustion, is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that can be accompanied by a change in attitude. It can range from positive and affectionate to negative and carefree. Burnout can occur when caregivers don't get the help they need or if they try to do more than they can, either physically or financially. When caregivers experience fatigue, stress, anxiety, and depression, it is referred to as caregiver burnout.
Caregivers may also feel guilty if they dedicate time to themselves instead of their sick or elderly loved ones. This can have mental, physical and emotional consequences, such as feeling lonely and stressed and having their health decline from normal to poor. If you are already experiencing stress as a caregiver, such as fatigue, hopelessness or trouble sleeping, it is important to reach out to your social support network and consult with caregiver organizations for help. Taking care of yourself is essential in order to be able to provide the best care for your loved one.