Are You a Primary Caregiver for a Loved One?
Caring for someone can take a toll on your health. No matter how much you have to do or how much help your loved one needs, it’s important to take care of yourself, too.
- Manage your stress: If you’re feeling anxious or stressed, think about the reason and take a break from it if you can. Simple steps like taking a walk can help you feel more in control.
- Ask for help: Don’t feel guilty for needing help and asking for it. Think of what you need help with, and break it into simple tasks. This will make it easier to ask others to chip in. Also, there may be community resources you can use, like respite care programs.
- Exercise and eat well: By staying active and eating well, you can lower your risk for heart disease and other health problems. If you don’t have a workout routine, start with short walks. See page 6 for more exercise tips.
- Don’t skip your own doctor’s appointments: Make sure to talk to your doctor about how caregiving is affecting you. Your doctor may be able to help you come up with solutions.