Being a caregiver can be mentally and physically challenging. There
are things you can do to help make the situation more manageable for yourself.
Remember that you will only be an effective and loving caregiver if you are in
good physical and mental shape. Try to find ways to reduce the stress of caregiving.
Enlist help when you need it. If possible, don't
take on all the responsibilities yourself. You may be able to involve other
family members or a visiting nurse or even hire a food delivery or housekeeping
service to help with the shopping and cleaning.
Take time for
yourself. Being a caregiver can be stressful and time-consuming. To avoid
burnout and to continue to provide care and support, it is important to save
some time for activities that you enjoy.
Seek emotional support if
you need it. Being a caregiver to a loved one who is recovering from major
surgery can be emotionally difficult. If you are having trouble coping with
your feelings, you should not feel ashamed or embarrassed about seeking advice
and counseling from appropriate sources, such as other family members, trained
mental health professionals, or religious advisors.