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What are some things I can do to take care of my physical health if I'm a caregiver?

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  • Look at it this way: The person you're taking care of needs you to be healthy. So you must take care of yourself, even though that can be really hard to do as a caregiver. Make it a priority to: Eat healthy
  • Exercise 30 minutes a day
  • Get enough sleep
  • Keep your own doctor’s appointments
  • Meditate or do yoga

Family Caregiver Alliance: “Emotional Side of Caregiving.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation: “Informal Caregiving for Older Americans: An Analysis of the 2011 National Study of Caregiving. Balance of Positive and Negative Aspects of Caregiving.”

HelpGuide.org: “Caregiver Stress and Burnout, Family Caregiving.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Grief and Loss as Alzheimer’s Progresses.”

Help for Cancer Caregivers: “Coping Emotionally.”

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Human Development and Family Studies: “Caregivers Experience Difficult Emotions.”

American Psychological Association: “Positive Aspects of Caregiving.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Physical and Mental Effects of Family Caregiving.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 23, 2019

Family Caregiver Alliance: “Emotional Side of Caregiving.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation: “Informal Caregiving for Older Americans: An Analysis of the 2011 National Study of Caregiving. Balance of Positive and Negative Aspects of Caregiving.”

HelpGuide.org: “Caregiver Stress and Burnout, Family Caregiving.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Grief and Loss as Alzheimer’s Progresses.”

Help for Cancer Caregivers: “Coping Emotionally.”

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Human Development and Family Studies: “Caregivers Experience Difficult Emotions.”

American Psychological Association: “Positive Aspects of Caregiving.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Physical and Mental Effects of Family Caregiving.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 23, 2019

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