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Taking Care of Yourself

A wise caregiver said “The care you give to yourself is the care you give to your loved one".

Absolutely the easiest thing for someone to say and the hardest thing to accept is the advice to take care of yourself as a caregiver. It is often hard to see beyond the care tasks that await you each morning.

The Facts

  • 60 percent of caregivers show signs of clinical depression.
  • Caregivers take more prescription medications, including those for anxiety and depression, than others in their age group.
  • Reluctance in asking for and accepting help is a major barrier to getting necessary respite and support.

What does taking care of yourself mean?

It’s important to remember that being a caregiver does not mean giving up care for yourself. In fact, it is more important now to pay special attention to your needs, both physically and mentally. If you pay attention to your needs, you and the one you care for will benefit.

Education, self-awareness, and attitude are critical to learning to your manage your own stress and avoid caregiver burnout. Here are some helpful links and information to educate and inform you about taking care of yourself

Compassion fatigue: Learn about compassion fatigue and how to alleviate it.

Stress Self-Assessment
Take this short test to find out if you’re under stress and ideas to handle it.

Take the Stress Self Assessment

Respite Care. Take a short break to relieve stress, restore energy and promote balance in your life.

Learn more about taking care of yourself. Check out this article from the Caregiver Family Alliance: Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers