Caregiving is one of the most stressful duties anyone can face. Family caregivers can experience PTSD, depression, high stress and other health problems and I should know. I’ve done it, twice, and the effects can be long lasting. That’s why it’s important to follow some advice that is sometimes too easy to ignore. Take it from me. Don’t ignore it.
Take Care Of Yourself
Ill and disabled people are not the only ones who need care: the caregivers do, too. You absolutely must learn to take care of yourself, even when time is thin and stress is high. Burnout is horrendous and can stick with you for a long time (I still suffer from it several years after my mother’s fight with ALS). You must put aside time to relax and do things you enjoy. If someone has a problem with that, that person is the one with the problem (and lack of understanding).