Caregivers need assistance in caring for a loved one who is undergoing treatment for cancer. It can be difficult to balance one's own well-being with the needs of loved ones. Caregivers can stay healthy and be better caregivers by focusing on their own health and seeking support.
It's easy to become absorbed in your caregiver role, so your needs go unmet. Taking care of yourself may appear straightforward, but when your focus is on someone else, it's easy to overlook simple ways to stay healthy. Consider the following self-care suggestions:
Tips for Talking about Lung Cancer-
1. Discuss your role
Your loved one may request that you share information with others or inform others about his or her cancer. You can help by making sure you are aware of your loved one's wishes. Don't reveal information that should be kept secret.
2. Accept different reactions
Some people will have strong emotional responses to the news, while others will not. You might get a different and even unexpected reaction each time you tell someone. You and your loved one should share the news at a time and place that is convenient for both of you.
Tips for Coping with Your Emotions-
1. Accept all emotions-
2. When you have a hard time staying positive, confide in someone you trust.
3. Speak with a healthcare professional if you have any concerns.
Tips for Staying Healthy-
1. Aim for 8 hours of sleep each night
4. Consume a well-balanced diet
3. Engage in some form of physical activity every day.
Tips to Lighten the Burden-
1. Seek assistance from Caregiver Support Groups.
2.Spend time with family and friends
2. Visit your doctor on a regular basis for checkups
1. Knowledge instills confidence-
You will feel more at ease when speaking with your healthcare team and making treatment decisions if you are well-informed.
2. Ask questions
Make sure you ask all of your questions and that they are answered in a manner that you understand.
3. Call the Lung Helpline
Call the Lung Helpline at 1-800-LUNG USA to speak to someone directly.
Taking Care of Yourself as a Lung Cancer Caregiver. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.lung.org/lung-health-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/lung-cancer/family-and-friends/taking-care-of-yourself