The work of caregiving may be thrust upon someone in a crisis, with little preparation and few alternatives. Caregivers are at risk for isolation, physical and emotional exhaustion, financial problems, anxiety, and depressive disorders. Multiple areas of well-being can be affected by caregiving.
Caring for yourself is integral to being able to effectively take care of another person. A commitment to maintaining your own well-being improves heath outcomes for yourself, your family, and the person (or people) you are caring for.