Many people care for a spouse, a parent, or some other family member who is disabled or ill. Caregiving can be a rewarding experience. But caregiving can also be stressful.
There are three steps to being a good caregiver:
- Take care of yourself.
Exercise regularly, get proper rest and nutrition, and have regular medical checkups. And take time off to take part in pleasant, nurturing activities.
- Don't help too much.
Help the person you care for to be as independent as possible. For example, let the person make as many decisions as possible.
- Ask for help.
Accept support from others. A helping hand at the right time can make all the difference. For example, ask family or friends to pick up a few items at the grocery store.
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