When your primary focus is your loved one’s care, you may start feeling overwhelmed and forget to look after your own health. Underestimating the toll this can take on your emotional and physical well-being can be extremely dangerous. In fact, in a study conducted by Statistics Canada, over 25% of family caregivers reported experiencing five or more symptoms associated with caring for a loved one. These symptoms include irritability, anxiety, depression, isolation, loss of appetite, tiredness, sleep problems, and many more.
We recommend that you watch Dr. Gabor Maté’s video that explains the importance of taking care of yourself while taking care of others (if you are short on time, the first 8 minutes will help).
Welbi shares these five tips for family caregivers experiencing high levels of stress:
We hope these 5 tips can help you reduce your stress if you’re feeling overwhelmed. As a caregiver, your work is extremely valuable, and you deserve respect for what you do. That’s why it’s important to put yourself first and take care of your own needs while you’re taking care of others. At Welbi, everyone’s wellness is at the heart of what we do. Always. To find more resources that support caregivers, visit our blog or sign up for our newsletter to get tips and tricks for staying happy and healthy delivered right to your inbox.
Wendy studies English Language and Literature at the University of Ottawa, where she has won numerous awards for her writing.
Katie is a member of Welbi’s Customer Experience team! She has a background in communications and recreation and is passionate about older adults, exercise, coffee and people.
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