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As a caregiver, you must make your own health and emotional well being top priorities.  Without doing so, you could be at risk for depression and chronic illness, and a decline in the quality of your life.

Taking Care of Yourself When You Are a Caregiver

Make time to take a look at your stressors. The following questions will help guide you to get the emotional help you need. The key is to take the time to take care of you!

  • Have you identified the sources of stress?
  • Are your stress factors or depression due to your caregiving situation?
  • Are you looking at your situation like a glass that is half-full or half-empty?
  • What actions are you welling to do to help change your situation?
  • Have you taken the time to write down what your challenges are so you can make corrective changes?

Becoming a Healthy, Effective Caregiver: BIG Picture Questions

  • What can you do to take care of yourself and your own needs?
  • How often do you exercise?
  • Do you meditate or practice another relaxation technique?
  • Who can you reach out to for support?
  • Are you able to get a good night’s sleep?
  • Have you postponed your own medical appointments or needs in order to care for your loved one?
  • How often do you exercise?
  • Do you use alcohol, tobacco, or medications to cope with depression?
  • Do you feel exhausted?
  • Are you on an emotional roller coaster?
  • Do you overeat or not eat enough?
  • Do you give yourself healthy, nurturing foods?
  • Do you make time for social activities and friends?
  • Do you qualify for the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) benefits?
  • How do you feel about engaging a therapist to help you sort out your feelings about being a caregiver?
  • Do you blame yourself for your loved one’s condition?
  • Are feelings of grief welling up inside of you?
  • Do you feel angry or depressed about your loved one’s mental or physical state?
  • Do you feel angry or depressed about being a caregiver?
  • Do you feel burned out as a caregiver?
  • Is there someone within your family who you resent for their actions or lack of actions concerning your loved one?
  • How can you nurture yourself more?
  • How much can you realistically handle as your loved one’s caregiver?
  • What resources do you have for respite care so that you can take time to recharge?
  • What kind of health do you want for yourself?

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