Weekly Goals for American Diabetes Month (Continued)
Week 3 - Be a Better Caregiver
Taking care of others well means remembering to take care of yourself. Diabetes is a full-time job, whether you have it or you are caring for someone who has it. It is now week 3 of American Diabetes Month. Have you given yourself a break lately?
A break can be as small or as large as you can stand — daily moments to think about something soothing to you or to just relax in some other way; weekly or monthly ventures alone or even with friends or family where diabetes is not the star of the show; yearly retreats to your favorite destination. But taking care of you means not just taking much-needed breaks. It means staying on top of your own health as well and making your physicals and checkups as much a priority as your loved one's.
And when it comes to mental health, don't forsake support groups, whether online or in person. They can be a great way to stay connected to the world and to those who are in your shoes.
For more help, start here:
Caring for Caregivers — Use our resources to learn how to begin caring for others as well as yourself.
Diabetes Myths — Some of the pressure you are putting on yourself may be unnecessary. Make sure you have the facts about diabetes care.
Diabetes Police — Whether you are the caregiver or the one being cared for, everyone can use a little help knowing where to draw the line.
Taking Care of You — Get some sage advice from someone who has been there, dLife Viewpoints Columnist Karen Hargrave-Nykaza, who is the parent of a type 1 child.
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