Within the constant ebbs and flows of life, we are seeing caregivers and providers experiencing states of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by prolonged or repeated stress. This is defined as burnout. Burnout is not simply work overload; it is a result of long hours, taking on too many tasks, and feeling a loss of control.

Know these experiences are valid, and if you are experiencing burnout as a caregiver or as a provider, it’s important to care for yourself. Here at VitalCare, we value the selfcare of our providers so we can provide the best care to our clients, and many client relationships include those of caregivers as well: such as parents, primary guardians, or family members and friends.

Burnout can lead to feelings of Depression, cynicism, lethargy, and exhaustion. A large study documented on healthline.com article states, “caregivers who felt that they were under a lot of strain had poorer health outcomes compared to caregivers who felt little or no strain.” A study published regarding burnout for providers states, “National studies suggest that over 50% of providers experience symptoms related to burnout, which is significantly higher than the general population.”

Signs of burnout can vary per individual, but some common experiences may include:

  • Body aches and pains
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Feeling anxious or overwhelmed
  • Loss of concentration
  • Feeling impatient or irritated
  • Lacking motivation or a loss of interests that were previously preferred
  • Constant worry, hopelessness, or isolation

For providers, burnout can look like:

  • Emotional exhaustion
  • Depersonalization
  • Feeling a lack of competence/self-efficacy
  • Increased mistakes/errors at work
  • Safety issues for client/providers
  • Lack of engagement
  • Poor retention rate
  • Poor customer/client satisfaction

Although these signs are seen, this is not a complete reflection of what everyone can experience. What’s important regardless of if you are a provider or caregiver is to take care of yourself. Give yourself compassion, patience, and prioritize selfcare.

Some suggestions for selfcare include:

  • Asking others for help/support
  • Practicing healthy boundaries by accepting your capacity
  • Talk to other caregivers/providers
  • Take regular breaks
  • Attend social activities
  • Prioritize needs – eating healthy, exercise, taking in sunshine
  • Maintaining sleep schedule
  • Mindfulness – building awareness of current state
  • Evaluate alternative options

Selfcare is not limited to these options. It can look like engaging in a preferred activity, taking a bubble bath after a long day, or even listening to a favorite song and singing along. Even making a favorite meal can be an act of compassion for yourself. The ultimate focus should be easing discomfort, exhaustion, and those symptoms that accompany burnout.

If you are experiencing burnout and would like to explore professional support, VitalCare offers therapy services as well as recommendations for managing symptoms you may be experiencing.

Sources for this article originated form the following websites:


Provider Spotlight – Emmanuel

Emmanuel has been a music therapist at VitalCare for almost three years.  His passion and dedication for music therapy shines through his work with his clients and they have greatly benefited from sessions with him. 

Emmanuel graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Maryville University before moving to Colorado in 2019.  He is currently working towards his Master’s degree at Colorado State University and is excited to continue the growth of his knowledge and skills as a music therapist.  Prior to working at VitalCare, Emmanuel spent over five years working with kids with special needs at the Missouri Schools for the Severely Disabled and completed his internship with SSM Hospice.  His well-rounded experience makes him a valuable member of the VitalCare team and we can’t thank him enough for everything he does! In his free time, Emmanuel enjoys spending time with his wife and can often be found exploring Colorado through hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing

March was Music Therapy Month

In March we celebrated World Music Therapy Day (March 1st) and Music Therapy Month in Colorado.  Since the beginning of World Music Therapy Day in 2016, people all around the world have been celebrating the amazing benefits and healing power of music therapy. Colorado takes it one step further and dedicates the entire month of March to honoring the amazing work Music Therapists throughout Colorado are providing. 

Music Therapy uses evidenced based techniques to work on improving or maintaining functional skills in a fun and engaging way.  Sessions include creative interventions, individually designed for a person’s specific needs, and frequently includes the use of a wide variety of music, instruments, movement and singing.  Music Therapy can be used to address cognitive skills, emotional needs, social skills, speech and language, motor skills, sensory needs, self-expression, overall wellness, pain, quality of life and much more. 

At VitalCare we have an incredible team of therapists and we are so proud of all the hard work and dedication they provide our clients!

Have you ever engaged in music therapy?  We would love to hear your stories!

Hiring a PRN, Music Therapist

Our ideal employee is a unique, caring person who finds deep satisfaction in brightening the lives of clients and their families. This is truly meaningful work for a gifted Music Therapist who enjoys helping others. If this sounds like you, we would like to meet you.

COMPENSATION: This is a PRN hourly position with paid travel time and mileage reimbursement for home visits with the potential to grow into a full caseload if desired. Pay is dependent on experience and education…See More