Chapter 1: The juggling act

Useful “stuff” to help

I’ve been there
Paul talks about caring for himself and being hoest about his feelings. (3:22)Video transcript
The professional says
Robin Cohen discusses the challenges with role changes when a family member becomes ill.
(3:22)Video transcript

Of course, I know “how” to look after myself. The problem was I was so drained and immersed in caregiving, I forgot to remember.

Although taking time for yourself is often easier said than done, pushing yourself to do more, with less rest, may put you at risk for becoming sick or for injuring yourself or the person who is ill.

Here are some reminders about how to take care of yourself. Even though you probably know these things, sometimes good advice can be hard to follow. Click on each for more information.

Making healthy food choices is an important way to recharge ourselves. We do not have to cook gourmet foods, but it is wise to replenish our bodies with good choices whenever possible. Drink plenty of water daily to keep from becoming dehydrated.

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