If you have spent months, years, or the majority of your life in a caregiver role, then you know the struggle of not putting yourself first. With time, resentment and burnout can build up and soil that relationship. It does not mean you don't love the person you're caring for, it just means that you have spent so much time helping them that you haven't been helping yourself.

Burnout and compassion fatigue affects people of all ages, ethnicities, socioeconomic status, and professions.

Here are some warning signs that you may be experiencing burnout:

Feeling depleted or tired all the time

Frequent self-doubt or feelings that you have failed in your role as the caregiver

Feeling "stuck", alone, or helpless

Increased pessimism or negative outlook

Using food, drugs, or alcohol to cope

Irritability or having a "short fuse"

Caring less about your work ethic or quality of work

Helpful tips:

Limit alcohol or drug use

Try mindful eating to avoid unhealthy food consumption

Practice gratitude and meditation daily

Consider setting healthier boundaries

Talk to someone you trust