Self-care tips

For your physical health, follow these tips:

  • Eat healthy foods.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Go for a daily walk.
  • Take your medications as prescribed.
  • Keep preventive medical appointments.
  • See your doctor when you're sick.

For your emotional health, make a list of small, simple things that bring you joy and energy. Then try to do at least one of those things every day. Everyone's list will be different, but here are some examples to get you started:

  • Connect with friends.
  • Listen to soothing or energizing music.
  • Play with kids or pets.
  • Tend a garden.
  • Work on a hobby.
  • Relax with meditation.

If you think you have developed depression, talk to your doctor. Help is available.

Find a support group

Support groups, especially those led by medical professionals, can help you feel less alone as you work to manage your time, energy and patience. Other people in a support group know exactly what you're going through, so you may learn some new strategies to help with your caregiving responsibilities.

Nobody can do everything by themselves. Reach out to people and let them help you, so you can become an even better caregiver for your loved one.

July 08, 2017 See more In-depth