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Caring for your loved one is a precious and rewarding experience but one not without its challenges.

Being a caregiver to a loved one can leave a person feeling isolated, burnt out, exhausted and overwhelmed if you don’t manage the stress properly. Caregivers can develop compassion fatigue, secondary trauma, or vicarious trauma because they have been overly exposed or tired from helping others without seeing their own wellness as a priority.

There is support for caregivers who may be struggling and would like to speak with someone immediately. It’s important to take care of yourself during this critical time by finding ways to manage your stress and balance will create a rewarding and invaluable experience for everyone.

Here are a few tips for a caregiver: 

  • Give yourself a break
  • Take care of your health
  • Spread the responsibility
  • Maintain personal relationships
  • Reward yourself in little ways
  • Talk to supportive family and friends 
  • Say “yes” when someone offers assistance

This advice will help assist you regain a sense of wellness and balance. It’s important to remember the journey will have its peaks and valleys but you’re not alone.