Caregiver Stress & Self-Care
When you’re taking care of a loved one with lupus, it’s natural to sometimes feel overwhelmed. Set aside a little time to learn about how to take care of yourself along the way and why it’s important for both of you.
I know how important it is for me—and for my sister living with lupus—that I take care of myself. Even small breaks can make a difference.
Make your health a priority
When helping a loved one with a chronic condition, you may be so focused on their care that you start neglecting your own health. But ignoring it may lead, over time, to physical problems and caregiver burnout.
The key is to take care of yourself just as you would if you weren’t helping a loved one. To help you put your health front and center:
Schedule time to relax
One strategy to help with caregiver burnout is scheduling some time to relax. It can help you think more clearly and feel more in control. Read a book, practice yoga or tai chi, soak in a warm tub, or listen to soothing music. Always talk to your doctor before starting any type of exercise to determine what may be right for you.
Ask for help
A weekend away may simply not be possible for you. But, most likely, there are people who will pitch in and help—and they may actually be waiting for you to ask. Reach out to family members, friends, or neighbors with specific requests, such as picking up medication, going to the grocery store, or watching the kids.