A few tips on caring for yourself, too
When you care for others it’s easy to forget about your own needs. As a result, your health might suffer. Without you, what would become of your family member or friend?
Watch for signs of too much stress:
- Do you get sick often?
- Are you sleeping too little or too much?
- Has it been a long time since you’ve felt like doing anything just for fun?
Here are some ways to take care of yourself:
- Get routine health checkups, tests, and flu shots.
- Exercise regularly. Eat nutritious meals. Get at least seven hours of sleep a night.
- Talk to your doctor about your caregiving, as well as any health concerns, such as signs of anxiety or depression.
- Take regular breaks from caregiving. Do something you enjoy. The care could be provided by a family member, friend, or in-home respite provider.
- When done daily, meditation, prayer, or relaxation exercises can relieve stress.
- Join CaregivingNOW, a network on the web for caregivers. Having a team of friends and experts can help you along the way.
- Contact the Senior LinkAge Line® for services and support. This includes someone to help you plan and find resources, provide care when you are away, do chores, or give
- Find a Caregiver Consultant to help you look at your situation with fresh eyes and develop a plan. Learn about tips for managing stress, balancing work and caregiving,
finding respite, or creating a support network. Some consultants specialize in memory care.
- Map out a routine to help you put first things first.
- If you work, learn about company policies that may help you as a caregiver.
See the MBA Work and Caregiving: Finding Balance brochure for more information.