3.5 Self Care Checkpoint
Change is hard but it’s something you can’t avoid as a suicide caregiver. You’ve experienced changes in:
Things you need to do for the person in need
Time you have for yourself
...just to name a few.
All of this happening at the same time can feel overwhelming. Put yourself first during this time so you don’t experience burnout.
noun | burn-out | \ ˈbərn-,aut \
Emotional and physical exhaustion caused by stress
Being a suicide caregiver requires effort and time. It can be a challenging and draining process. Remember to ask yourself How Am I Doing? often.
When you recognize you are lower on the scale, know that you can always call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or seek help from a therapist for additional support.
You are part of a team and there are others available to help you take care of the person in need. Make sure to prioritize activities that fill you with energy...you can’t pour from an empty glass.
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