If you are a caregiver, one of the most important things you can do is carve out time for yourself. Try to make this a conscious effort every day.
When you feel better, you can take better care of your loved one. Keep these simple steps in mind:
- Get regular physical activity. Regular, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity — even in small increments — can boost your energy level.
- Keep humor in your life. It is true — laughter is good medicine. Try to find humor in your life every day. Watch a silly TV program or go to a movie that tickles your funny bone. Find things to laugh about with the loved one in your care — that person needs joy, too.
- Keep medical and dental appointments. Do all you can to maintain your health. If you are sick, you will not be able to care for your loved one.
- Stay connected with the outside world. Stay connected with family and friends. Talk to friends about something other than your role as a caregiver.
Adapted from Top 10 Caregiver Tips for Maintaining Health and Well-Being, American Heart Association, October 25, 2021,