Help When You Need It
Cardiovascular disease doesn’t just affect the person suffering—it affects those providing care, too. Caregiving can be an exhausting, stressful job, so don’t be afraid to seek help if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
Care for Yourself While Caring for Others
It’s important to take time for yourself when you’re caring for a loved one. Keeping these simple tips in mind can help you feel more balanced:
- Take a 10- or 15-minute walk a couple times a day, even if it’s just in your backyard.
- Designate a quiet space in your house where you can close your eyes, read a book, rest, talk to a friend, meditate, or do whatever other activity that calms you.
- Schedule your personal time, so the person you’re caring for can understand that this is part of your caregiving routine.
- Adopt good eating habits—this not only benefits your loved one, but also ensures that your own health doesn’t get ignored.
For additional tips, nutrition information, and other resources for managing the challenges of caregiving, visit the American Heart Association website
Talk With Someone Who Understands
Being a caregiver can bring on a lot of emotions. Anger, resentment, fear, sadness—these are all perfectly normal feelings. ThedaCare offers behavioral health services to help you cope with the demands of caregiving, while providing you with a neutral space to share your thoughts.
Learn more about ThedaCare’s behavioral health services