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Take care of yourself while caring for others

Many of us will end up becoming a caregiver at some point in our lives. The stress and strain of caregiving can take a toll on your health. It’s important to find ways to care for your health while caring for others. Depending on your circumstances, some self-care strategies may be more difficult to carry out than others. Choose ones that work for you.

To take care of yourself while caring for others:

  • Ask for help. Make a list of ways others can help. For instance, someone might sit with the person while you do errands.
  • Get organized. Make to-do lists, and set a daily routine.
  • Try to take breaks each day.Finding respite care can help you create time for yourself or to spend with friends.
  • Keep up with your hobbies and interests when you can.
  • Join a caregiver’s support group. Meeting other caregivers may give you a chance to exchange stories and ideas.
  • Eat healthy foods, and exercise as often as you can

Source: National Institutes of Health

 

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