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SUPPORTING
YOUR PHYSICAL
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HOW TO BUILD THE STRENGTH TO BE
THERE FOR YOUR LOVED ONE 

STAYING STRONG AND HEALTHY AS A CAREGIVER

As a caregiver for someone with chronic pain or a movement disorder, you may face new demands that require physical strength and endurance. You may be taking on more daily tasks, doing more work around the house, or getting up more at night. You may need to physically assist someone who has trouble moving. Caregiving can be exhausting sometimes.

With all these new responsibilities, it can be easy to lose track of what you need to keep yourself physically fit and healthy. But when you’re a caregiver, staying in good bodily health is more important than ever. Below you’ll find some helpful ways to maintain the good physical health that will help sustain you both over the long term.

LOOKING OUT FOR YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH

Taking care of your physical well-being is important for everyone, but for caregivers it’s particularly critical. Caregiving can take strength and endurance, especially when your loved one has physical limitations that you need to support.

Looking after your physical health can help give you the stamina and energy you need to stay strong, stay focused, and keep yourself balanced in both mind and body. Here are a few daily ways you can do so:

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GET ENOUGH REST
Sleep gives us the fuel we need to take on daily responsibilities – which is especially important when you’re responsible for caring for someone. Try to get a full night’s rest every night. If you have to get up during the night, schedule short catnaps during the day for a quick energy boost.

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REMEMBER TO EXERCISE

Physical activity has many benefits. It reduces stress, leads to better sleep, gives you more energy, and keeps you healthy. Whether you go for brisk walks, take a yoga class or work in your garden, getting regular exercise will help you be a more effective caregiver. It can also help you manage the emotional stress and demands of being a caregiver.

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EAT A BALANCED DIET

Make sure to eat regular, healthy meals. Whether your loved one is living with chronic pain or a movement disorder, good nutrition for you and your loved one is crucial. Family meals can also be a time for conversation, togetherness, and a chance to talk about your loved one’s needs, concerns, and symptoms.

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TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF

Build in quality time for yourself each day to focus on yourself. Take yourself out for coffee, walk around your neighborhood, or visit a friend. These short breaks from responsibilities as a caregiver help you stay physically and mentally refreshed. And if you need a longer break, consider bringing in professional outside help.

Sometimes, finding time to look after yourself means finding additional support to help take care of your loved one. Having a source for that support is critical for caregivers. Here’s where to look for more resources to help you cope with the demands of caregiving. Finding support for caregivers >

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MORE CHRONIC PAIN RESOURCES

Find more helpful information about caring for someone with chronic pain, as well as inspiring stories from others who’ve shared your experience.

 

MORE MOVEMENT DISORDERS RESOURCES

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