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Being a caregiver can be very stressful and demanding. It can even lead to caregiver burnout — a feeling of mental, physical and emotional exhaustion. Burnout can often lead to poor health and feelings of depression or anxiety. Caregivers may turn to unhealthy behaviors, like smoking or abusing alcohol, to cope with the pressures.
Learn the warning signs of caregiver burnout. The Cleveland Clinic says signs may include:
If you suffer from burnout, find ways to take care of yourself. Here are a few ways you can stay healthy:
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Originally published 5/5/2020; Revised 2022
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