Cancer is life-changing, and not just for the patient. In the wake of a diagnosis, a spouse, family member, or close friend may become a cancer caregiver. As a caregiver, this person provides daily support — from medication management to toileting assistance — but isn’t paid to do so.
Caregivers spend an average of 23.7 hours a week providing care, often while working a full-time job and raising children. This leaves little time to exercise, cook nutritious meals, and look after their own health. As a result, many cancer caregivers experience a state of exhaustion called caregiver burnout.
To avoid this debilitating psychological condition, read on for important self-care tips.