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Taking Care of Yourself When Caring for a Loved One

Learn About Caregiver Burnout
Learn About Caregiver Burnout

Are you caring for someone with type 2 diabetes? Do you also take time to care for yourself? See why it may matter.

Why is self-care important?

Caring for someone with type 2 diabetes is not an easy job. And you, as the caregiver, may put your own needs last. Over time, this can lead to caregiver burnout.

What exactly is caregiver burnout?

It’s the mental, physical, and emotional fatigue you may experience when caring for someone with a chronic health problem, such as type 2 diabetes. With burnout, you can feel fatigue, stress, anxiety, and depression. You may also get sick more often.

What are some ways to beat burnout?

  • Make time for you. Set aside some part of the day or week for you. Do something you love. Maybe that’s playing the guitar or gardening. Whatever it is, taking care of yourself is essential.
  • Be more physically active. Engaging in physical activity can help maintain your health. It can be as simple as taking a walk around the block or the local mall.
  • Eat healthy and get plenty of sleep.
  • Talk about your feelings and struggles with a trusted friend, loved one, or a professional such as a therapist or social worker. You may even want to join a support group. Sharing with others in your situation may help you manage stress and feel less isolated.
  • When you start to feel that you just can’t deal, ask for help. Everyone needs a break, including you!