Being a caregiver brings along stress and challenges around the clock. While taking care of a loved one, it is important to prioritize your mental health and wellness. Many caretakers undergo hardships that come with constant demand and responsibilities of caregiving.
Take the steps to care for your mental wellbeing while providing care to others with these tips!
Reduce stress and anxieties by practicing being mindful in all situations. Switch from “Doing-mode” to “Being-mode” by being present in the moment, rushing less and bringing down any negative judgements. Tools such as meditation and emotional checks are effective resources to really practice mindfulness and putting yourself in a positive space to conquer tasks at hand.
Monitor for Depression and Anxiety
Prevent your own mental health issues by staying proactive and taking care of yourself at the same time as your loved one. Since caregivers experience a higher risk of anxiety and depression, steps such as seeking help, using community resources and support groups can help avoid more serious problems.
Prevent or Relieve Stress
Is caregiving putting too much unneeded stress on you? If you’re experiencing symptoms such as changes in sleeping habits, irritability, headaches and body pain, it could be time to reach out to a mental health professional.
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