Q. My husband’s health is declining and I now find myself in the role of caregiver. Although I love him dearly, there are times when I feel very stressed and resentful of this new role. Do you have any suggestions to help me cope better?
In this time of New Year’s resolutions, here are eight resolutions for you to choose from:
Take care of your own health. Family caregivers are less likely to eat well, have regular medical checkups and get enough exercise. This leads to increased risk of depression, high blood pressure and heart disease. This year, resolve to schedule your annual checkup and screenings, and follow your healthcare provider's wellness instructions.
Take some time for yourself. Caregivers may become so focused upon the requirements of their loved one's care that they lose sight of their own needs. Give yourself permission to focus on yourself.