Very rarely does a breast cancer diagnosis affect the patient alone. Family members and friends are on their own journeys, which can be especially tough if they’re the caregiver. While your loved one’s health is your first priority, it’s also important to keep these self-care tips in mind.
- Continue to make time for your favorite activities and hobbies.
- Make sure you are getting ample hours of sleep per night.
- Connect with other friends or relatives, so you aren’t the only caregiver available.
- Give yourself at least one hour dedicated to relaxation per day.
- When you’re feeling stressed, try five minutes of breathing exercises.
- Search within your community or online for groups that connect caregivers with one another.
- Ask how you can help your loved one, but respect his or her decisions.
- Give your emotions space. It’s OK to feel angry, scared, or upset, but it’s important to communicate.
- Be honest with yourself about how much you can take on, and ask for help if you need it.
- Be mindful of your own physical well-being. If you neglect your health, you’ll find it more difficult to care for someone else’s.
For other ways to be an advocate for breast cancer, visit americanlifestylemag.com/pink.
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