Self-Care for Caregivers

As your loved one is your main concern right now, it is important for you to take care of yourself as well. With that in mind, we are sharing a few tips from our Care team:

 

 

  • Eat three meals a day. It may be hard to eat if your loved one cannot, but remind yourself of why you need to eat - you need to stay strong. 

  • Get adequate rest. Some chores might not get done or there may be someone who would help if you let them know how. Can someone else shop for groceries or sweep up? It is important to realize you can’t do everything, and that's okay. Let others help.

  • ​Get outside for a few minutes every day. Twenty minutes in the fresh air will do wonders for your mood. You will return to your loved one refreshed.

  • Find some type for recreation. If you have a hobby, try to do it at least twice a week. See a movie, bowl, golf - do something different each week.

  • Speak honestly about how you are feeling. Good or bad, it helps to let another person know what you are thinking and feeling. Choose a person who makes you feel safe. Support is what you need right now.

  • Sometimes you need a break. There may be times when caring for your loved one is too overwhelming. Ask your Care team about caregiver support options.