Ten Tips to Help Fight Caregiver Depression

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  1. Set attainable goals for yourself and your loved one
  2. Stay involved with your work and hobbies—your “own” life.
  3. Reach out to other caregivers who know what you are going through.
  4. Exercise—as regularly and as vigorously as your health and time allow.
  5. Build a support system, to help get tasks done, to alleviate some of the burden, to maintain connections.
  6. Take time to focus on your own appearance; just as how we look reflects how we feel, the inverse can be self-fulfilling too.
  7. Make a list of your stressors; getting it on paper can help it seem more manageable.
  8. Find three things every day for which you are thankful.
  9. Talk to your friends–don’t let yourself get isolated.
  10. Take care of your own health; you won’t do anyone any good if you get run down.