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If you're a caregiver for a person who is going through cancer treatment, you're probably giving your all to them as they endure it.
It's so essential for the person living with cancer to take the time to heal their body and recover. However, if you're the caregiver, it’s also important to take care of yourself.
Taking care of yourself includes nurturing both your mind and body. It may include reconnecting with what brings you energy, happiness and joy. The following are a few ideas to help you reconnect and start your self-care plan:
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Connect with your friends every week. Plan time to share a meal or snack, exercise, hobbies or enjoyment with friends.
Don't forget to celebrate special days and victories.
Be thankful for kindness.
Keep in touch with God; he is available 24 hours a day. He designed us to be in relationships with himself and others.
Thanks for the common sense recommendations. As a caregiver 24/7 for a wonderful wife of over 50 years, there are conflicting demands; the wife needs help w/meds at night, help w/food/meds during the day, help w/washing at bedtime. Thus, difficult to get the time to do most of your recommendations. My one personal time is a morning walk/run for 30 minutes in our neighborhood pathways. This enriches my spirits so I have the energy to properly take care of the love of my life. A privilege not a problem.
I'm taking partial care of my daughter and sister who both have stage 4 cancer. I feel like I need to be split into two persons at times. They both live in seperate cities about two and a half hours away from one another. It takes me a little over an hour to reach my daughter and then on to my sister's takes three hours. I am thankful they are both in the same state as I and I can travel by car to reach them. I have God as my Saviour to guide and keep me sane and partially well. I have a few health issues myself, but nothing like cancer. I've also seen my GP to start some tests to be "on top" of my condition. Both my parents have had cancer. So, I'm try to take care of me too!
Phone calls from well-wishers always seem to come at the wrong time, especially if the person is terminally ill.
Use social media (if ok with patient) or some form of mass distribution for informing others of status.
When asked "what can I do to help?" think of something that you usually do.. People really do want to help and are pleased when given a task.
Avoid using alcohol or medication to treat stress.
Exercise! Walking clears the mind and lifts the spirit.
Don't let others waste your time. People love to share Cancer stories but this is not always helpful info since every cancer is different.If you are busy just say so!
Don't try to hold back the tears. Tears are healing!
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