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Self-Care Tips for Caretakers

Mesothelioma is a devastating diagnosis for sufferers and their loved ones. Your daily life can change drastically after a family member becomes ill, especially if you have taken on the role of primary caretaker. During this difficult time, it is very important to look after yourself as well as your loved one.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, help is available. For more information about medical, emotional, and legal issues related to this disease, contact the Mesothelioma & Asbestos Help Center.

Taking Care of Yourself

When a loved one has cancer, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the number of things you have to do for him or her. This can lead to fatigue, stress, and even major depression. The following tips may help you protect your own emotional and physical health while looking after your loved one:

  • Do not feel guilty about caring for yourself. Caretakers often become so focused on their loved ones that they begin to overlook their own needs. Remember, you cannot take proper care of your loved one if you are sick or depressed. There is nothing wrong with making your needs a priority.
  • Find simple ways to relieve stress. A walk around the neighborhood, a hot bath, or an enjoyable TV show can all help you clear your mind and ease feelings of stress, sadness, or anger. You may need to try a few different methods before you find one that reliably works for you.
  • Seek out support. There are many ways to find emotional support and practical assistance. Your doctor may be able to recommend a support group or counselor in your area. In addition, you should never be afraid to ask friends and family for assistance when you need it.

Before you can take care of a loved one, you need to take care of yourself. In addition to speaking with your counselor or primary care physician, you may want to check online for resources that can help you stay healthy.

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