How To Avoid Caregiver Fatigue

Last Updated: 23 Feb 2019

If you’re in the position of taking care of someone with bipolar disorder, it can seem overwhelming; here’s how you can help you:

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Get a handle on your stress

If left unchecked, the stress of taking care of a loved one can seem overwhelming and leave you without balance in your life. Organize, prioritize, delegate, and get rid of unrealistic expectations about what you can and should do. It’s also helpful to look for the positive in those around you and in the situation. By focusing on what’s good—your loved one’s courage or your own empathy and kindness—can make it easier to cope with the situation and encourage a better outlook.

Take care of your health

Taking care of you is a necessity, not a luxury. It’s important to step away from your caregiving role and recharge. This can be visiting friends, golfing or gardening. If needed, you can recruit other relatives, close friends or paid assistants to help with this respite. And as best you can, try and eat healthy, fit in exercise and get proper rest. Pay attention to signs of depression, such as withdrawal, trouble concentrating, low energy, excessive guilt, and irritability.

Connect with others

By having a network of people to help you, it can reduce the sense of isolation that can be common. This resource can also help with providing basic information so you know what you’re dealing with. A support group needn’t be face-to-face—try an online group, forum or blog to connect to. To this end, discover your own interests and activities outside the home, outside the caregiver role and away from the mental health community.



  1. My fiance lives with bipolar. I caught myself very fatigued today which led me to this article.

  2. I was a care taker for a elderly aunt who was schizophrenic, she drug overdosed herself twice on her meds, it was over the top…for a few years. Long story…very exhausting…my relationship is much better now that she is in the care of a facility that maintains her dietary, mental health and direct cARe.

  3. me too

  4. good comments……………still almost gets the best of me

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