As a caregiver, it can sometimes be difficult to deal with yourself. It is important that you
can find a healthy balance between your needs and those of the person in your care. Below 10
suggestions to help you get started.
1. Find time for yourself
We all need to relax sometime. Whether reading a book or chatting with an old friend, it is
important that you reserve some time each day just for you.
2. Choose healthy foods
Healthy foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, foods high in fiber, lean meats, can
help give you more energy and prevent health problems.
3. Exercise regularly
Regular exercise provides many health benefits. It can be a great source of vitality and a good
way to relieve stress. It can also help control blood pressure and cholesterol. A sufficient
amount of exercise does not necessarily involve long training sessions in the gym. Try to do 30
minutes of activity a day. The walks are a great way to start. Talk to your doctor before
starting any new exercise plan.
4. Recharge, both mental and physical
Leaving home and do some activity you like at least once a week is very positive. Consider the
option of a walk in the park or visit a friend. If the person under your care needs 24-hour
care, ask for help from a friend or family member so you can take a break.
5. Canned humor
Looking for a fun, easy and inexpensive way to relax? Try laughter. It helps you relax, your
heart rate speeds up and gets the blood and muscles moving. Looking for something to make you
laugh at yourself and the person in your care, like a number or a funny story.
6. Take care of your own needs
Caregivers often procrastinate they need to do for themselves, but their needs are also
7. Fulfill your personal appointments
It is always a good idea to take an active role in your own health. Attend periodic medical and
dental checks and other appointments and checkups, as you recommended by your doctor can help
you stay healthy and strong.
8. Stay connected with the outside world
Be in touch with family and friends is important for your health and well being; if you do not
in person, do it by phone or online. Keep a cheerful tone in conversation and talk about
pleasant matters. You’ll feel better in doing so.
9. Think positively
Positive thinking can be very fruitful. Take time to identify and accept your emotions, no
matter what. It’s natural to feel guilty or overwhelmed at times. But be sure to weigh all your
10. Identify the warning signs of stress and depression
Stress and depression are major health problems faced by many carers. If you have difficulty
controlling your emotions or to cope with small problems or have panic attacks as soon as
possible talking to your doctor.
You may need some patience and practice, but balance your own needs with those of the person in
your care can help you achieve a healthier life.