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Self-Care for the Family Caregiver

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Self-Care for the Family Caregiver

Self-care isn’t selfish – it’s necessary.


Daily life can get busy with work, errands, and family needs. And, if you’re a caregiver, making time for yourself may be difficult. But it’s important to remember that you can’t care for others if you don’t care for yourself. These tips can help you practice self-care and focus on your physical and mental well-being.

What is self-care?
We can’t say it enough – self-care is not selfish. Caring for someone else can wear you out physically, mentally, and emotionally. You need time to recharge. Self-care means developing healthy habits that will benefit your mind and body, not temporary pick-me-ups.

How can caregivers practice self-care?

  • Learn when to say no. Even with a full schedule, you may feel obligated to take on more expectations or requests from loved ones. Be realistic about what you can handle and allow yourself to say no.
  • Get moving. Running, dancing, or walking can boost your energy and help you recharge. You can take free virtual and in-person fitness classes at EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care.* Many Neighborhood Care locations are conveniently co-located with AdvantageCare Physicians offices.
  • Eat well. You make sure the person you’re caring for has healthy food, but what about the food you’re eating? If you find yourself skipping meals or eating fast food often, it may be time for a change. Meal prepping can help save you time and energy without sacrificing nutrition.
  • Ask for help. Being a caregiver can feel lonely, but you're not alone. Talk to friends and family or join a support group to share concerns and vent frustrations.
    • If you’re feeling overwhelmed, professional support is available. NYC Well is your connection to free, confidential mental health support, 24/7. A trained counselor is there to help you get the support you need.

Remember, what works for someone else may not work for you, but these tips can help you find your own self-care routine and make it a priority.


* AdvantageCare Physicians is part of the EmblemHealth family of companies.

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