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How to Practice Self-Care as a Caregiver

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band-aidsManaging caregiver stress with Self-Care

Providing care for those you love can be extremely fulfilling and challenging at the same time. It’s important to take care of yourself so that you remain hopeful, energetic, optimistic and able to provide proper care.

Signs of Caregiver Stress (womenshealth.gov)

  • Feeling overwhelmed, frustrated and angry
  • Making mistakes when giving care
  • Feeling alone, isolated, or deserted
  • Not getting enough sleep
  • Getting too much sleep
  • Gaining or losing a lot of weight
  • Feeling tired frequently
  • Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Becoming easily irritated
  • Feeling constantly worried or sad
  • Having headaches or body aches often


Caregivers Self-CareSelf-care and stress management tips

It’s important for caregivers to take care of themselves, both physically and emotionally even while they care for others. Finding the time to care for yourself with proper nutrition, exercise, and sleep—as well as getting support from family and friends will help caregivers relieve stress and can prevent burnout.

Physical self-care to manage caregiver stress

  • Get regular exercise
  • Participate in extracurricular activities
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Pamper yourself
  • Meditate
  • Stay on track of your health
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Get regular doctor check-ups


Mental/Emotional self-care to manage caregiver stress

  • Talk with supportive friends
  • Get support from family members
  • Celebrate small victories
  • Applaud your efforts
  • Enjoy a good laugh
  • Join a caregiver support group
  • Get help when you need it
  • Set routines and stay organized




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There are many community resources available for caregivers such as adult day care programs, in-home assistance, and meal delivery programs. Contact Caregivers by WholeCare today to get your free in-home assessment!

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