Care for Yourself
On an airplane, an oxygen mask descends in front of you. What do you do? As we all know, the first rule is to put on your own oxygen mask before you assist anyone else. Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others. Caring for yourself is one of the most important—and one of the most often forgotten—things you can do as a caregiver. When your needs are taken care of, the person you care for will benefit, too.
Caregivers of any age are less likely than non-caregivers to practice preventive healthcare and self-care behavior. Caregivers report problems attending to their own health and well-being while managing caregiving responsibilities.
Some have reported:
Identifying Personal BarriersMany times, attitudes and beliefs form personal barriers that stand in the way of caring for yourself. Not taking care of yourself may be a lifelong pattern, with taking care of others an easier option. However, as a family caregiver you must ask yourself: “What good will I be to the person I care for if I become ill? or example:
Ask yourself what might be getting in your way and keeping you from taking care of yourself.
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**resource information from Caregiver.org
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