Managing Stress and Taking Care of Yourself
If you think about it, it makes perfect sense - a caregiver needs to be healthy and have a positive mental outlook to be able to provide good quality care. Caregiving can take a significant toll on you both mentally and physically, but you can take steps to ensure that caregiving does not become detrimental to your own well-being and quality of life.
A great way to manage stress and improve your health is to exercise. In this section, we provide resources to help you with stress management and offer advice on how to start and maintain an exercise program.
As important as physical health is, your mental health is also important. Learn how to recognize depression. Dealing in a healthy way with feelings of sadness, grief, and regret will allow you to be more helpful to both your loved one and family members.
Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers - Family Caregiver Alliance.
A healthy reminder about how important it is to take care for yourself in addition to your loved one. Click here for some methods you can use to solve problems and ease stress.
Tips for the "Exercise Newbie" - Strength for Caring
Time to get off the couch? This article tells you what you need to remember when you develop an initial exercise plan.
Exercise: How to Stay Motivated - Strength for Caring
This article suggests ways to keep exercise a fun and important part of your life.
Be Wise?...Immunize! - Family Caregiver Alliance
Immunizations are vital for your loved one's well-being and this brochure lists necessary immunizations and how to get them.
Caregiving and Depression - Family Caregiver Alliance
Depression is a debilitating disease and caregiving can worsen the condition. This web page lists common symptoms and suggests ways to get help.
Fact Sheet: Grief and Loss - LACRC
The loss of a loved one is always emotionally painful. On this site you can find information on the different stages of grief, along with sensitive advice on how to get through it.
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