Taking Care of Yourself

TIPS FOR STAYING SUPPORTED AS A CAREGIVER

As a caregiver, you may feel like you are filling a number of different roles. You want to help your loved one in all the ways that you can, but that means taking care of yourself so you can be there for them.

Here are a few tips on how you can stay healthy, strong, and connected as a caregiver:

 

Take some time for yourself. It’s important for you to keep a balanced life. Connect with friends, spend some quality time with family, and go to social events and family gatherings.  

 

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Make sure you’re not going at it alone. Ask family members or friends for their help in caring for your loved one, and consider joining a support group for caregivers for people with schizophrenia. Find local resources and support groups here.

 

Be informed. You may have questions about schizophrenia or how to best help your loved one. Look to his or her healthcare professional or other members of his or her Treatment Team for more information and answers.

 

Develop healthy habits. We understand that when you are taking care of someone else’s health, it can be easy to forget about your own. Try to stay active and eat well, get a good night’s sleep, and keep your stress level as low as possible.  

 

 

 

Above all, remember that in order to help your loved one, you have to look after yourself. Don’t feel guilty in taking some time to make sure you’re feeling healthy and supported. Taking care of your loved one begins with taking care of yourself.