A few communication and self-care recommendations to help you focus on your own needs as well, while caring for a cancer patient.
Being a caretaker involves supporting the sick with daily activities such as accompanying them to medical appointments or cooking them meals. This can also involve coordinating medical services and care, as well as providing emotional support. During this time, in addition to taking care of the patient, it is important that caretakers also take care of themselves.
The National Cancer Institute of the United States offers a few tips for the family and friends responsible for the care of someone living with cancer:
- Keep your own emotions and mood in mind. There are no right or wrong reactions, every person is different. Give yourself time to think about your emotions and find ways to cope with your feelings.
- Communication is important. Talk with other people about your emotions. If your mood affects your daily life negatively, seek support.
- Set aside time for yourself. Relaxing and doing something you enjoy without all the worry is very important. It does not matter what you choose to do, the important thing is to take some time every day for yourself. This time will help you stay healthy and in a good mood.
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- Take care of your health. Perhaps you feel you do not have time to worry about your own health, but it is very important to take care of yourself and to make doing this a priority. Remember that you need to stay healthy to support your loved one.
Keep in mind: If you have had health problems before, it is even more important to take care of yourself now. Remember that stress can trigger new health issues.