Caring for yourself
One of the most important things to remember as a caregiver is to take care of your own needs as well as those of your loved one. By taking care of your own emotional and physical well-being, you will be more able to help your loved one and to be prepared for any challenges that you may encounter. Whether it is through meditation, an exercise class, or focusing on a hobby, it is important to help yourself recharge.
Caregiving is not always easy, and at times, you may feel sad, angry, or alone. Connecting with others can be very helpful during these times. Additionally, it may be beneficial to seek out support from groups, friends, other caregivers, or a social worker. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Remember, you don’t have to do it all alone. Whether you need help with household chores, driving your loved one to an appointment, or running an errand, there are people who can help. By reaching out to other family members or friends, or even the health care team, you can help reduce any stress you may be feeling—and ultimately help yourself take better care of your loved one.
The more knowledge you are able to gain, the more you may know what to expect when helping your loved one navigate their treatment journey. MBCInfoCenter℠ provides a list of resources that can help you find information and support as someone caring for someone with MBC.