As a caregiver, it’s important that you learn to balance your loved one’s needs with your own. When you are asked to make so many sacrifices, it’s easy to forget about yourself. Here are some tips to help you find that balance:
Talk to someone. It’s natural to have feelings of anger, guilt, or even resentment. Don’t keep them bottled up because you are ashamed or think others won’t understand. Sometimes, just talking with family, friends, or even a local support group can help.
Enjoy the benefits of exercise. Getting some type of exercise for just a half hour a few times a week will boost your energy levels and mood, while helping lower your stress levels.
Get enough sleep . When possible, try to get 8-9 hours a night. The more sleep you get, the better you will feel both mentally and physically to be the best caregiver you can be.
Find time to relax. Doing things that you enjoy—like meeting up with friends or reading a good book—will help you manage your stress and keep a positive outlook.