This is such an important step that an entire Caregivers category called Caring for Yourself is underway and will post in the future. Because caregiving is so stressful, caregivers are more prone to depression, heart disease, high blood pressure, and other chronic illnesses, than their non-caregiving peers. The long, lonely, demanding hours required to provide care for someone with a chronic illness accounts for “caregiver burn-out,” but there is often no choice but to continue on despite their weariness.
Following some simple, basic preventative healthcare and self-help measures can improve your health, wellbeing, and ability to provide the best care for your loved one. A few commonsense tips include getting:
Nutritious meals and snacks
Regular medical checkups