How Do You Recover From Caregiver Burnout; Strategies To Help You Overcome Exhaustion with Iris Waichler

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About our guest:

Iris Waichler has been a medical social worker for over 40 years. She is an award-winning author of two books: “Role Reversal: How to Take Care of Yourself and Your Aging Parents” and “Writing the Infertility Roller Coaster: A Guide to Educate and Inspire.” and is a regular contributor to choosing therapy.com, where she writes articles on mental health and medical topics.

Iris’s Story

Iris was a medical social worker on a physical medicine and rehabilitation unit. Her patients came to her with catastrophic medical problems, including amputations, burns, strokes, neurological problems, and head injuries. She saw her patients’ lives change overnight, leaving a profound impact on the family members.

One of the biggest challenges for family members was knowing how to handle the shock of the situation and cope with the ensuing grief. Witnessing a loved one undergo such difficult health challenges was heart-wrenching, and often, family members felt helpless and unsure of how to be of assistance to their loved ones. It was a challenging time for everyone involved, filled with raw emotions and difficult decisions.

Through her work, she saw the necessity for support for family members, as well as the patients themselves. It was a time that no one could prepare for and required sensitivity and empathy, which she delivered throughout her work.

In this episode of Happy and Healthy Mind with Dr. Rozina, Iris shared tips on how she was able to help her patients:

  • prevent burnout, anxiety, and depression caused by a sudden life change 
  • become physically and mentally fit caregivers by practicing self-care
  • discover all the different options available for sick family members and their caregivers

Iris’s Burnout Recovery Tips for Caregivers

  1. Develop a caregiving plan by having a loving and honest conversation with your family members
  2. Practice self-care by allowing yourself to take breaks and establishing boundaries
  3. Create special memories by incoporating fun things to do in your daily caregiving routine
  4. Make time for socialization: for yourself and the person you are caring for
  5. Attend counseling or therapy sessions to cope with grief effectively
    If you want to learn the details on how to implement these tips, watch the full episode below:

How Do You Recover From Caregiver Burnout; Strategies To Help You Overcome Exhaustion with Iris Waichler

Check out this free gift from Iris

Handouts for Coping with Caregiver Criticism

“Come to a place where you’re able to do things to help yourself as a caregiver as well as a loved one that you’re taking care of. And that might mean sometimes being able to say, I can’t do it, but I want to find someone that can and to figure out a way to do that without feeling guilty.”
-Iris Waichler

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