How to Avoid Cancer Caregiver Burnout

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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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