TAKING CARE
OF YOU

One of the best ways you can help the person you care for is to take care of your own well-being.

As time goes on, it is easy to fall into a routine of putting others' needs first, and neglecting your own. If you feel like this is happening to you, take a moment to think about how you can take better care of yourself.

How well are you taking care of you?

Take the quiz below and get tips to help maintain a healthy balance in your life. As always, remember to ask your healthcare provider if you need ways to help you cope.

 

Q1

If you’re feeling fatigued during the day, taking a nap may be helpful.

You are correct.

Even a 15-minute nap may be better than no nap.

According to experts, most adults generally need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night. However, if you’re feeling tired or run down during the day, experts say getting as little as 15 minutes of daytime sleep may help.

 

Q2

Being able to accept help is a good skill for caregivers.

You are correct.

It helps to ask for help!

Knowing how to ask for and accept help is a skill that can help your well-being. You can reach out to counselors, therapists, and caregiver support groups, as well as friends and family. If you need time for yourself, don’t be afraid to consider respite care for the person you care for, such as in-home care, adult daycare centers, and even short-term nursing homes.

 

Q3

Feeling sad can be a sign of stress.

It's true.

Feeling sad can be a sign of stress, too.

Other signs of stress may include:

  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Being worried all the time
  • Gaining or losing weight
  • Getting too much sleep or not enough
  • Losing interest in activities you typically enjoy

Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any questions.

 

Q4

As a caregiver, you should always put the interests of the person you care for first.

You need to take care of yourself, too.

You are correct.

Being a caregiver is important, but don’t neglect your own physical and emotional well-being. Try to follow a healthy lifestyle, and set aside time to keep up with your own interests, hobbies, and friendships.

 

Q5

The way to deal with stress is to get daily exercise.

It depends on what you and your healthcare provider decide.

It depends on what you and your healthcare provider decide.

While exercise may be helpful, stress can be managed in many ways, such as:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Getting enough sleep every night
  • Having regular “me” time
  • Reaching out to others for support
  • Keeping a normal routine
  • Visiting your healthcare provider regularly for checkups
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Need a little extra help?

Need a little extra help?

Consider joining a family or caregiver support group — in person or online. You may also wish to reach out to organizations that specialize in mental health.