Before being my husband’s primary caregiver, I had considerable experience with burnout. I experienced compassion fatigue as a psychologist and observed it in many health care professionals in hospitals and clinics. We were often trying to achieve standards of success, responsibility, work-ethic, etc. I was pre-occupied with trying to be "responsible" (just thinking the word would make me want to run for chocolate). And I was exhausted. Exhaustion and overwhelm make it nearly impossible to true care for others in our lives, especially caregiving for someone with a serious illness.
I am a health and happiness psychologist. I had an amazing opportunity to care for my late husband with dementia that brought everything into focus: love, purpose, healing, self-care, and living without regrets. You can read more of my story here.
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