Care for Yourself

A population shift is taking place. People are living longer and an increasing number of us are becoming family caregivers. The ability to manage our work-life becomes complicated when we are a caregiver and often it is the caregiver who puts off their own needs to meet the needs of others. Below are some tips to help employee caregivers manage stress and attempt to maintain an integrated work-life both at work and with personal obligations.

Take Care of Yourself

Be sure you are taking care of yourself. As the saying goes, “You are no good to anyone else, unless you are good to yourself first.” Avoid giving in to urges to eat poorly or avoid exercise because you are too tired from all the stress. Make time for preparing and eating nutritious meals and getting regular exercise. Try to maintain flexible boundaries and avoid committing to too many things. Maintain a regular sleep schedule as much as possible.

Remember it is just as important to keep up with your mental health during this challenging time as your physical health. Seek professional help if feel overwhelmed or depressed. FSAP provides free confidential counseling to Emory employees and dependents.