How to Be a Caregiver Without Forgetting to Take Care of Yourself
Signs That You Need a Break
New health problems are often the first warning that caregiving is taking a serious toll. Red flags that you should see a doctor include headaches, back pain, constant fatigue, substantial weight loss or weight gain, an increase in blood pressure, sleeplessness and repetitive colds or viruses. Signs of depression that call for a visit to a mental health professional include a change in sleep and appetite; feelings of hopelessness and helplessness; pervasive feelings of guilt; an inability to enjoy any activities; regular feelings of nervousness, nausea, or shortness of breath; and thoughts of suicide.