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Caregiver Burnout: What Happens When You Don’t Put on Your Oxygen Mask First

By Doula Jen

new parentsPeople in the profession of caring for others–nannies, nurses, doulas, doctors, midwives–have a certain something which demands that they work tirelessly to keep others well.  They wouldn’t have it any other way.  Caregivers feel energized and satisfied by helping others.  However, sometimes these individuals push too hard and too fast–do too many hours, skip too many meals, put too many needs above their own.

Of course, because Welcome Baby Care trains and employs caregivers, we present this information as a reminder to our own to eat good food and sleep eight hours, reread favorite books and take hot baths.  But there’s more.

Moms and Dads, you’re caregivers too…obviously!  Newborn care is serious business–overwhelming and relentless.  It is not uncommon for a new breastfeeding mama to feel–as they say–“touched out” at the end of a long day.  It is not uncommon to feel depleted and drained.  Add more kids, perhaps an aging parent, a sick spouse, a friend in crisis.

Here’s the deal.  Take care of yourself!  You’ll be a better caregiver for it.  Your oxygen mask first!

Follow along this week as we further explore caregiver burnout–what leads to it and what we can do about it.  Until then, grab a warm cup of herbal tea and put your feet up.

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