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CARING FOR
YOURSELF MEANS

you can be the best
caregiver you can be.

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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 rides.
  • 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.

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