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Serving as someone’s caregiver is no easy task. Regardless of who you are taking care of—be it an elderly parent, an ill spouse, a disabled child, or any other individual who constantly needs your help and attention—it’s equally important to find time to take care of yourself.

If you are currently under a lot of stress (understandably so), we’d like to recommend a few strategies that can offer the support you need, as well as relieve any anxiety, nervousness, or depression you may be feeling. Consider the following strategies: 

    • Connect with other caregivers: Sometimes it’s helpful to be reminded that you are not alone. Find other caregivers in your area and socialize with them as often as you can. They will be able to understand your concerns, sympathize with your situation, and offer the friendship you need—and deserve—outside of your caregiving responsibilities. 
    • Establish healthy habits: It’s easy to neglect your own health when you’re in a stressful—and perhaps even time-consuming—caregiving situation. You owe it to yourself to eat well, participate in physical activities you enjoy, and step outside at least once a day for a walk and some fresh air.
    • Attend therapy: Consider attending individual therapy sessions at A Caring Approach so you can talk to a counselor about your thoughts and feelings in a friendly, comfortable, and judgment-free environment. Counseling can go a long way in terms of helping you cope with caregiving and putting your role into perspective in a way that influences how you approach each day and each duty. 

You’ve most likely heard someone say that you can’t love someone else if you don’t love yourself. The same can essentially be said about caregiving in that you can’t take care of someone else without also taking care of yourself. 

Be as kind, attentive, and accommodating to yourself as you are to the person who needs you most, and you’ll find yourself in a much better position to be the best caregiver you can be.