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As you learn more about MS fatigue and how it affects people living with MS, you'll find strategies that work well for your situation. Recognizing their fatigue and offering an action to help manage that fatigue can be very relieving. Here are some ideas to get started.
When you support a person living with MS, you might feel like you need to take on more responsibilities, which can lead to burnout. Some people describe this as feeling “stretched too thin."
Changing roles and adjusting to new situations can lead to a variety of emotions and reactions. This includes both difficult emotions like grief, loss, or feeling overwhelmed and more positive feelings like satisfaction, meaning, and purpose. You may need to adjust your expectations of what you and the person living with MS can do. If you are experiencing any of these challenges as a support person, you are not alone.
Signs of burnout can include:
To prevent burnout:
If you are experiencing symptoms of burnout, help is available. Call Health Link at 811 anytime, day or night, for support. You can also talk to your healthcare provider, friends, and family.
Current as of: September 14, 2023
Author: Calgary MS Program - Allied Health
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