Dealing with a new diagnosis may be overwhelming to both the person you are caring for and you as their caregiver! Being prepared for what’s ahead may help you in providing care.
Understanding the journey ahead
The demands of caregiving can be overwhelming, especially if you feel like you’re in over your head. The more you know, the easier it may be for you as a caregiver. Finding other caregivers to talk to can also be a great way to learn about and make sense of your own experience.
Rally your support team
Your role as a caregiver can open up doors to new friendships and relationships. Find support to rally with people who are dealing with similar challenges. Know where you can find emotional support to help you stay on a healthy path.
Avoid burnout by feeling empowered
Feeling powerless is a leading cause of caregiver burnout and depression. It’s an easy trap to fall into, especially if you’re entering a role you didn’t expect. There are several things you can do, such as embracing your caregiving choices and focusing on the things you can control, that can alleviate this issue.