Cancer caregivers, remember to take care of yourself

Posted by Sheryl M Ness, MA, RN @smness, Sep 14, 2015

If you’re a caregiver for a person who is going through cancer treatment, you’re probably giving your all to them as they endure it.

It’s so essential for the person living with cancer to take the time to heal their body and recover. However, if you’re the caregiver, it’s also important to take care of yourself.

Taking care of yourself includes nurturing both your mind and body. It may include reconnecting with what brings you energy, happiness and joy. The following are a few ideas to help you reconnect and start your self-care plan:

  • Be grateful and appreciate what you have
  • Take time every day to smile and laugh
  • Enjoy 5-10 minutes to relax, breathe deeply and just be alone
  • Eat well to nourish your body
  • Read a good book
  • Enjoy nature
  • Set priorities and make a plan
  • Listen to music
  • Invest time and energy in things you value
  • Learn about something new
  • Trust yourself
  • Connect with your spiritual self
  • Ask for help whenever you need it
  • Communicate in an open and honest way
  • Get plenty of sleep

If you’re a caregiver reading the blog, please share your thoughts and ideas on what has worked for you as you nurture and care for yourself.

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