Caring for a parent with a chronic disease is tough. You may feel you are fighting for control over your time and even your sanity. When all of your energy is spent caring for someone else, you may not have any left for yourself.
Caregiving is a valuable job, but it can be a draining one. It’s important to not let it completely take over your life. You may be caring for your parent, but you need to take care of yourself as well. It’s OK to be selfish sometimes. If you take some time to relax, recharge and destress, you will be a better caregiver. It won’t change the difficulties of caring for your parent, but you will be better able to handle what it throws your way.
From taking a day (or a few hours) off to relax to finding help to lessen the stress of caregiving, these tips will help you avoid burnout and lead a more balanced life.