Have you ever heard the saying: “You cannot pour from an empty cup.” In the context of caregiving, this translates to: “Make sure you practice some self-care, so you can continue taking care of others.” Still, it can easily happen to a caregiver to neglect their personal needs, especially when taking care of a loved one. That’s why this blog post is all about avoiding cancer caregiver burnout.
Practice self-care to prevent cancer caregiver burnout
Proper self-care is not a question of being selfish, but a necessity to make sure you stay up to the often challenging task of taking care of others.
- Make sure to eat healthily and stay hydrated: You need nutrients and water to fuel your body and mind.
- Try to get enough sleep and take short breaks if you can.
- Moderate exercise like walking can help combat stress.
- Look into relaxation methods like guided meditation, tai chi, yoga.
- Be realistic about what you can and cannot do. You are only human, after all.
- Try to find help if needed. Maybe a friend or family member can take over every now and then, so you can take a break. Look for self-help/support groups dedicated to caregivers and/or friends and families of cancer patients.
- In this AARP article, you might find some inspiration for self-care you can practice in as little as 15 minutes.
- Pay attention to yourself and the stress reactions of your body and mind.
- Find somebody to talk to. This can be a friend, a fellow member of your support group, or even a professional counselor/therapist.
You are not alone!
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