14 Ways Caregivers Can Care for Themselves

Being a caregiver to a loved one with disabilities or illness can take up all your time, emotion and focus. But, to be a better caregiver, you must take time to take care of yourself and replenish your body, mind and soul. Here are 14 ways to be a better Caregiver suggested by US News Health.

  • Take a quick break: get a breather, quick change of pace and return
  • Invite others in: schedule time to be social
  • Carve out down time: read a book or watch a tv show
  • Turn to friends: call on a trusted friend if you need a break
  • Consider adult day care: it will not only benefit you but could benefit your loved one by offering stimulation and a change of pace.
  • Squeeze in exercise: relieve some stress
  • Revel in nature: even if its outside on your balcony for a few minutes
  • Listen to music: shut off your mind for awhile
  • Calm your mind: go get a massage, do yoga or practice meditation
  • Resist isolation: Could lead to depression
  • Join a festival: go out and have some fun! Find a local festival for family and friends of people with dementia.
  • Find support: look up support groups for caregivers such as Family Caregiver Alliance
  • Share your story: talk to someone you trust about what you are going through.
  • GIVE YOURSELF CREDIT, you are doing great!

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