Health Tips for Caregivers

Caregivers often experience heightened physical and emotional stress. Here’s a quick guide for how to stay healthy.

When you're caring for a loved one with a chronic medical condition, it’s easy to neglect your own health.

In fact, research has shown that caregivers have a greater risk for serious health conditions, including:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Heart disease
  • Infection
  • Obesity
  • Alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse

As you care for others, here’s what you can do to take care of yourself, too. Start by making your own personal wellness a priority, which will ultimately help you take care of those around you. Make the time to:

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Get enough sleep
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
  • See your doctor for regular check-ups
  • Take our Blue Health Assessment. It only takes 10 minutes, and you’ll receive a practical action plan for a healthier you.

If you do start to feel overwhelmed, reach out for help. Start by discussing your concerns with your doctor or nurse practitioner, who can offer advice and recommend preventive services, screenings and treatments.

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