By Gail Sheehy
You can only care for another person as well as you care for yourself. Imagine yourself as a parent on a faltering plane. When the oxygen masks drop, you put yours on first, then your child's. The same thing goes for a caregiver. To be a good care manager, you need to take care of your own health.
Keep your routine.
If you normally get up and stretch and shower before sipping coffee as you get dressed and watch the news, don't stop. Even if you're more anxious about catching the doctor than catching up with the latest world crisis, stick with what's most familiar. It will calm you and your family, especially if you still have children living at home.
Get serious about self-care.
Don't skip your regular checkups! Make sure you get your annual exam and tell your doctor you're caring for a sick loved one. Even better, ask to have your necessary tests performed at the same medical center where you take your loved one and try to schedule them on the sameRead More »from The Caregivers Survival Guide