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Balancing Your Life as a Caregiver

Caring for a loved one is challenging and can be both mentally and physically exhausting. It is important to find the balance in your life as a caregiver by recognizing your own needs and making the effort to meet those too.

When caring for someone, it is natural to feel overwhelmed at times. Try to take a step back, understand your limitations, and not focus on the things you cannot change. To offer your loved one the support you’d like to, it is important for you to take time out for yourself.

Find advice on adjusting to life as a caregiver in this helpful guide.

Remember What Makes You Happy

It’s important to remember your life before you became a caregiver, including the things that made you happy.

Being a caregiver might mean you feel guilty about spending time with those aside from your loved one, but do try to prioritize some time for other relationships. Simply going for a coffee with a friend can help take your mind off your role as a caregiver.

Take care of your body and try to incorporate some exercise into your daily routine. These don’t have to be time-consuming and can be as simple as taking a walk or even doing some gentle stretches throughout the day.

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Think about what activities help you unwind and build time in for this, at least once a week, to make sure you’re looking after your own well-being too.

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