You’re tired. No, you’re exhausted and no matter how much sleep you get, it’s how you feel all the time. Your every thought is consumed with helping your loved one with Alzheimer’s because they need the help and you’re the best person that can give it to them. While you’re proud of this, there’s a portion of you that feels overwhelmed and burdened with this task, which makes you feel even worse. Feeling stuck, you just suffer in silence, neglecting yourself and your needs in lieu of caring for someone else. But that is not the best approach. In order to properly care for your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, you have to keep yourself mentally and physically well by doing the following:
It is okay to sometimes feel bad as a caregiver. This is natural. But know that there are resources and outlets that you can use to help you feel better. You have a tough job, so don’t forget to give some of that loving care you are giving to others, to yourself. You deserve it!