Taking care of yourself is as important as taking care of and supporting a loved one
Sometimes, caring for the needs of another can feel overwhelming and stressful.You are not alone in feeling this way. There are millions of people just like you across this country giving their time and energy to care for and support someone they love dearly.
We are here to help.
Taking care of yourself means:
Know and understand your limits. Sometimes, this can mean saying ‘no’. Accept that caregiving is challenging and no one is equipped to do it alone. When you feel you need help, look to family, friends and health-care professionals for support. People you reach out to are only too happy to help. In fact, they want to help.
It is important to look after your physical, mental, spiritual and social health.
As a caregiver, you may feel guilty about taking time for yourself. Perhaps you feel you have to give all of yourself, all of the time. But doing that can lead to fatigue and make you resentful. It can negatively impact your health, employment, your relationships with others and the with the care-receiver and impact your caregiving abilities.
Taking care of yourself is not being lazy or selfish! Think of it as recharging your batteries.
The resources below are things that can help you in your caregiver role and to help yourself.