Home » Your Health » Senior's Health News » 6 Ways for Caregivers to Care For Themselves

6 Ways for Caregivers to Care For Themselves

Many Americans find themselves as the primary caregiver when in-home medical care becomes prohibitive. Even being a stay-at-home parent can be exhausting, and everyone needs to recharge their batteries from time-to-time.

For the purposes of this article, we’re going to focus on how to cope with being a caregiver to an elderly or sick family member. If you don’t take some time to de-stress occasionally, you run the risk of becoming ill yourself, and that isn’t good for either party. Here are six ways caregivers can show a little self-love…

1. Recognize Burnout

Perhaps one of the most important things to acknowledge is your own need to slow down and take a time out. Cancer.net notes that signs of stress can include constantly feeling exhausted, getting sick more than usual, losing sleep, and generally feeling irritable.

The source recommends looking for outside help in this case, including hiring a caregiver (or, if costs are too much, you can connect with family members to take on some of the burden). Even if you don’t hire a primary caregiver, you can hire part-time help for cleaning and other duties, it adds.

Next »

We Recommend

More on ActiveBeat
  • 10 Effects of Chronic Stress on Your Health
    Your body’s fight or flight response to stress was designed to quickly mitigate any potential damage imposed by short term (acute) injury or illnesses.
    Senior's Health News
  • Infographic: How Office-Friendly Plants Reduce Stress and Deter Illness
    Considering the amount of time most of us spend at work, your office can literally be your home away from home.
    Senior's Health News
  • 6 Biggest Health Myths About Shingles
    When you think of shingles, you probably think of roofing materials first (maybe). Unless you've been talking to your friends or your doctor about the "horrors" of shingles, a...
    Senior's Health News
  • 7 Ways to Manage Pain Associated with Aging
    If you've ever spent some time with older adults, like your grandparents, then there's a good chance you've heard the line "whatever you do, don't get old.
    Senior's Health News
  • 8 Ways to Keep on Feeling Young as You Age
    Just how difficult is it to grow old? The answer to that question depends on who you ask. That's because many Americans have adopted several incredibly useful strategies that help...
    Senior's Health News
  • 8 Breakthroughs in Alzheimer's Research
    Alzheimer's is a terrible degenerate disease of the brain that strikes the elderly, but it's not exclusive to seniors—early onset Alzheimer's disease can strike those that are...
    Senior's Health News
  • 7 Keys to Happy, Healthy Aging for Seniors
    Some people are under the assumption that when you age, it's time to slow down. However, medical science begs to differ.
    Senior's Health News
  • 8 Special Health Challenges for Aging Adults
    The world’s population is aging quickly. The number of adults over the age of 60 will double in the next three decades.
    Senior's Health News
  • 10 Risk Factors for Dementia
    Dementia refers to a group of symptoms that affect memory, thinking, and social skills severely enough to interfere with daily functioning.
    Senior's Health News
  • 8 Conditions Often Confused with Alzheimer's Disease
    There are few diseases more devastating than Alzheimer's disease, a menacing condition that causes the slow deterioration of brain functionality and ends, inevitably, in death.
    Senior's Health News
  • Midlife Fitness Levels Linked to Good Health in Old Age: Study
    According to a longitudinal study performed at the Cooper Center, people with high fitness levels during middle age are at decreased risk for developing chronic health conditions...
    Senior's Health News
  • Surprising Signs & Symptoms of Stress
    Stress can impact a person in many different ways not just mentally, but also physically. It can have a significant negative effect on your body and mind which then trickles down...
    Senior's Health News
  • 12 Ways to Naturally Lower Cortisol Levels
    Stress is a feeling most everyone experiences from time to time. In order to cope with these moments when they occur, the body responds by releasing a hormone called...
    Senior's Health News
  • 7 Most Common Stress-Related Health Problems
    Stress is a feeling most everyone is familiar with. While it may sometimes serve a helpful purpose, such as pushing us beyond preconceived physical and mental boundaries, it is...
    Senior's Health News
  • 6 Ways to De-Stress at a Desk
    Work and stress often go hand-in-hand. Between the time pressure of deadlines, multi-tasking, and the challenges of managing relationships with co-workers and bosses, both the body...
    Senior's Health News