Caregiving can be rewarding on so many levels, but at times it can be equally challenging. The demands of caregiving may take away from your personal time, and this can lead to feelings of frustration or stress.
You may not be able to care for your loved one if you don't feel well yourself. So take the time to manage your stress and relax. Your ability to stay positive could be the key to a better relationship for you and your loved one. Read below about some of the things you can do for yourself, and visit our COPD Stories page to hear about other people's experiences.
It's important to know when you need to take a break. Common signs to watch out for include:
Giving care may be an important part of your life, but it’s important to take time for yourself as well. Be sure to make time for your own hobbies and activities, and maintain your friendships and social life outside of your relationship with your loved one.
You don’t have to do this job alone. Consider enlisting the help of family or close friends to help share responsibilities. You may want to host a family meeting to discuss what needs to be done, and divide up the jobs.
If you don’t have friends or family that can help, there are companies that can help you with a variety of caregiving needs. Visit Caring.com to find a company in your area.
If someone offers to help out, don’t be afraid to accept. This can help divide up some responsibilities and will allow you to focus on other things. Keeping a list of chores on hand can make it easier for anyone who offers to help out.
There are plenty of resources that can provide useful tips, caregiving guides, and support. Check out the following links to learn more:
My Fighting for Air Community
Create your own support community with this tool from the American Lung Association.
Get caregiver resources and find professional caregivers in your area.
Family Caregiver Alliance
Learn about giving care and find support.