Caring for a loved one can be stressful, even for the most resilient people. Over time, this can harm your health. Consider these four caregiver tips to help preserve your health and well-being:
■ Accept your limitations. It’s normal to feel guilty sometimes, but understand that no one is a perfect caregiver. Believe that you are doing the best you can at any given time.
■ Seek help. Be prepared with a list of ways others can help you. Let friends and family members choose what they would like to do. Some may offer to take your loved one on a walk a couple of times a week. Others may be able to run an errand or cook for you.
■ Set personal health goals. For example, set goals to establish a good sleep routine, find time to be physically active on most days of the week, eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water.
■ Get connected.
Find out about caregiving resources in your community. St. Francis Healthcare System has free caregiver education and wellness classes that offer practical tips to help you avoid burnout. Connecting with other caregivers can be a source of inspiration and a reminder that you aren’t alone.