Be good to yourself
Dealing with depression or bipolar disorder also takes a toll on you, the caregiver, and the relationships you have with other family members and friends. It can be a balancing act between helping the person living with a mood disorder while still supporting yourself and others in your life. Taking time for self-care and setting and enforcing boundaries can help you maintain this balance.
Guilt is a major issue for caregivers. Caregivers may believe they are not doing enough for their family members or are too exhausted to spend time with other people in their lives.
Lack of outside support can lead to caregiver fatigue. Unlike physical illness, when people line up to help, the caregiver of a person living with a mood disorder frequently goes it alone.
Exhaustion and stress can adversely impact your health! Seek out resources and support to keep your own engine running smoothly.
Learn how to practice self-care, even if it's boring! Caregivers need this.
Stressed? Learn to create mini self-care moments in your everyday life.
Fun and playful activities are good for your wellness. Here are 15 ideas.