Serving as a caregiver for a loved one with lung cancer can be a physically and mentally exhausting job. You may feel that there aren't enough hours in the day, so taking a few minutes every day to focus on yourself might make you feel guilty. However, research shows that taking this personal time is important; it relieves stress and will ultimately help you be a better caregiver.
Remember that your health is as important as that of your loved one, and ignoring the signs of caregiver fatigue can be harmful to both you and your loved one. Below are resources that help identify the causes of caregiver fatigue as well as recommendations on how to make sure you are taking care of yourself.
- Caregiver Self-Assessment Questionnaire: It's not always easy to spot the signs of caregiver fatigue in yourself. This questionnaire will help you evaluate your own well-being and will suggest next steps based on your score.
Helpful Articles on Caregiver Burnout
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- Respite Care for Cancer Caregivers
- Caring for the Caregiver
- Managing Holiday Stress for the Lung Cancer Caregiver