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What’s the best way to avoid “caregiver burnout”?

What’s the best way to avoid “caregiver burnout”?

Kristine Cichowski, MS

Founding Director, Life Center, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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You do need to be able to creatively look at pockets of your day where you can get respite. Now, for some people, it might be just in a doctor's office where you're reading a magazine that has nothing to do with health care. And, I would enco... Show More

You do need to be able to creatively look at pockets of your day where you can get respite. Now, for some people, it might be just in a doctor's office where you're reading a magazine that has nothing to do with health care. And, I would encourage the caregivers to do as many things as possible that are non-related to spinal cord injury. That's the whole concept of therapeutic recreation, recreation is therapeutic. Yes, get your mind on some other thing, taking and feeding your soul, so that you can take care of yourself. And also be getting rest, people forget how important sleep is. Sleep is critical; are you sleeping?—are you eating properly?—are you getting enough water? If you yourself have health conditions, are you still taking your medications and doing what you supposed to be doing for yourself? It's very easy for all of that to slide when you're the caregiver, and so, you have to really give yourself permission to take care of yourself.

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What’s the best way to avoid “caregiver burnout”?

Kristine Cichowski, MS

Founding Director, Life Center, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

More Videos by Kristine Cichowski
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You do need to be able to creatively look at pockets of your day where you can get respite. Now, for some people, it might be just in a doctor's office where you're reading a magazine that has nothing to do with health care. And, I would encourage the caregivers to do as many things as possible that are non-related to spinal cord injury. That's the whole concept of therapeutic recreation, recreation is therapeutic. Yes, get your mind on some other thing, taking and feeding your soul, so that you can take care of yourself. And also be getting rest, people forget how important sleep is. Sleep is critical; are you sleeping?—are you eating properly?—are you getting enough water? If you yourself have health conditions, are you still taking your medications and doing what you supposed to be doing for yourself? It's very easy for all of that to slide when you're the caregiver, and so, you have to really give yourself permission to take care of yourself.

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