This morning, I would like to address a topic. Have you ever cared for someone for a long time or when you were very young? Was it a situation you didn’t initially choose but had no choice? I think it’s time to talk about the effects of caretaker burnout. This is an important mental health issue that often goes ignored.
The job of a caretaker is exhausting! Parenting, caring for the ill or dying, or raising siblings / reverse parenting is HEAVY WORK. Often, you’re pouring so much into the other person that you’re too tired to take care of yourself properly. If you’re a child that was put into an extreme caretaker role, often you know how to take care of others – however you aren’t directly taught simple habits that others may take for granted. It can get you weird looks by the time you reach adulthood.
By the time you reach maturity, you may be so burned out from cooking, cleaning, and taking care of others that you appear lazy to the rest of the world. You may have an extended childhood or relive your teenage years in an attempt to seek balance.
It’s funny, mainstream society appears to have this obsession of romanticizing this kind of job instead of really looking at what happens to people when they are isolated, overworked, and hurting.
I see you. I want you to know that the way you feel is valid. If you’ve been running for years nonstop without rest, have you considered doing something different?
I’m asking you, friend! What can we do differently to help relieve the stress which typically accompanies this type of trauma?
Thanks for reading & FOR COMMENTING I appreciate your input on this subject. – Shining Quill