Caring for loved ones can be a very stressful task. Even though it is important to take care of others, you also need to make sure that you are taken care of as well. When caring for older parents or loved ones, make sure to ask for help if you need it. Do not try to take on all the responsibilities by yourself. Trying to do too much by yourself can lead to depression and burn out. Make sure to take time out of the day and just take of your needs. It could be something simple as taking a bubble bath. Be sure to visit the doctor regularly. You can not take care of someone if you are not feeling your best. Joining others in a support group can also help you know that you are not alone.
- It’s estimated that as many as 44 million people are family caregivers.
- Some consider that the health and well=being of family caregivers may be the next great health crisis, as these people face intense stress.
- These stressed can lead to unresolved emotional problems as well a lowered immune response, potentially paving the way for chronic and acute illness.
“During National Family Caregivers Month, the nation hopes to support family caregivers and educate them about the importance of caring for themselves.”