Caring for Yourself As the Caregiver

As caregivers, we must take care of our emotional, social, and physical needs, so we can continue to care for our loved ones productively. Actively and continuously practicing self-care is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves as caregivers. In this section, you will find tips on self-care, like learning how to relax and understanding your feelings and emotions.

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The Importance of Self-care for Caregivers

As a caregiver, it is essential to take care of your emotional, social, and physical needs, in addition to caring for the person who is ill. Taking care of your own needs is referred to as self-care.

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A Caregiver’s Guide to Relaxing

Learn some relaxation exercises that can help to relieve tension, decrease worry, improve sleep and make you generally feel more at ease.

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Understanding Your Feelings and Emotions as a Caregiver

Caring for a relative or friend can generate many feelings and emotional reactions. You should not feel guilty or ashamed about any of these. In the following section, will you provide some help with recognizing some of these shared emotions.

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How Do I Address My Feelings as a Caregiver?

It's essential to understand your emotions so you can communicate with your family and friends about how you are feeling.