Signs of Caregiver Burnout and How to Overcome It with Madam Kamala Gopal

What is caregiver burnout? What are the common signs and symptoms of caregiver burnout? How does one prevent or overcome fatigue from caregiving? We answer these questions here.

by Deborah Yaw

Being a caregiver can be both rewarding and challenging. As a caregiver, we may pay very little attention to our own well-being while devoting our time and energy into taking care of our loved ones. In this episode of the Homage Web Series anchored by our Johor City Manager Nicholas Chee, we hear from Madam Kamala about the challenges of caregiving and how to better prioritise self-care in order to avoid burnout. 

Madam Kamala is a trainer from Caregiver Academy International based in Johor Bahru. Madam Kamala has 24 years of experience in the caregiver and nursing industry, starting out as a nurse in the Ministry of Health to being a lecturer and also a trainer for nursing students.

[01:20] What does caregiver burnout look like and are there any common signs or symptoms? | [03:28] Physical symptoms of burnout | [04:55] Mental and emotional symptoms of burnout | [07:13] Are there any tips to avoid or overcome caregiver burnout? | [16:29] How can we support someone going through caregiver burnout?

Full transcript: here

Terminology:

  • burnout: a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion.
  • insomnia: a sleep disorder in which it is hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep, or waking too early and having trouble going back to sleep.
  • hypersomnia: a condition characterised by excessive sleepiness during the day and excessive time spent sleeping.

Disclaimer: The health information is provided for general informational and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional health advice. To seek further medical advice for your medical condition, do consult your doctor or go to the nearest health institution to get assistance. This video only represents the speaker’s views on caregiving.


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Deborah Yaw
Deborah believes that everyone has a story worth telling. Has a serious appreciation for good movies, music and spicy food.
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