Unless we consciously carve out time for self-care, constant food allergy management can slowly erode our sense of well-being. Signs of allergy-care burnout include trouble sleeping, diminished motivation, lack of joy in normally pleasurable activities, and a sense of helplessness, or hopelessness. We may go from being highly irritable to feeling emotionally blunted, and might even have thoughts that life is not worth living.
To address signs of burnout, certified life coach Gina Clowes, specializing in the needs of food allergy families, offers nine tips for tending to our needs while caring for others:
These suggestions are ultimately for the well-being of our family since caregiving requires energy, and to have energy we must nurture ourselves. Implementing even one or two of the tips can make a positive difference for everyone in our circle of influence.