Self Care is Important
Being a caregiver can be exhausting - both physically and emotionally. Many caregivers find it much easier to focus on their loved one's needs, and neglect their own. Caregivers often experience the following health concerns: exhaustion, poor eating , failure to exercise, postponing or missing medical appointments, anxiety, stress, isolation, depression, and frustration.
If you are a caregiver, it is essential to find the time and resources to take care of your own health. This is easier said than done, but taking care of yourself first is the only way you can continue to effectively care for your loved one. Here are some tips you may find helpful:
- Identify sources of stress
- Get the food and rest you need
- Take time for yourself
- Let others take part in the work of caregiving
- Seek and accept support for yourself
- Watch out for destructive ways of coping (e.g. alcohol, drugs)
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