When you take care of a loved one with cancer, it can be easy to forget to take care of yourself. This brochure provides a few reminders of ways you can stay strong and healthy.
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Care for the Caregiver
When you take care of a loved one with cancer, it can be easy to forget to take care of yourself. Here are a few reminders of ways you can stay strong and healthy. They should empower you to continue being an effective caretaker for someone else:
Be sure to get enough sleep. If necessary, use another bedroom to ensure you're not awakened by your loved one's symptoms or side effects
Be flexible in scheduling your own activities so you are available to help when needed
Practice stress-management techniques such as: o Yoga o Meditation
Make time for yourself
Keep an eye on physical or emotional stresses that come from caring for your loved one
Ask for help from others to give yourself a "break" now and then