caring for the carer

First, Care for Yourself

On an airplane, an oxygen mask descends in front of you. The first rule is to put on your own oxygen mask before you assist anyone else. Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others. Caring for yourself is one of the most important—and one of the most often forgotten—things you can do as a caregiver. When your needs are taken care of, the person you care for will benefit, too.

In this course we will learn how to:

Identify stressors — What events or situations trigger stressful feelings? Are they related to your children, family health, financial decisions, work or relationships?

Recognize how you deal with stress — Are you using unhealthy behaviors to cope with the stress of supporting your children, parents and busy work schedule?

Find healthy ways to manage stress —. Keep in mind that unhealthy behaviors develop over time and can be difficult to change. Focus on changing only one behavior at a time.

Take care of yourself —taking responsibility for your own care and setting goals.

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