Caring for a loved one can be immensely rewarding, but it can also take an emotional toll. At different times, you may feel frustrated, overwhelmed, anxious or burned out. Being a young caregiver can also add extra stress to what is already a stressful time of life.
Talk it out
Try opening up to a trusted family member or friend about how you’re feeling. You may also find that connecting with other young caregivers who understand what you’re going through can help ease feelings of stress, frustration and isolation. Join our online peer support group. Talk about it in our online discussion forum.
Give yourself a time out
Take some quiet time just to be alone. Even 30 minutes away from people and stresses, can help you rebalance.
Sweat it out
Exercise in almost any form – from yoga to running – can act as a stress reliever. When you’re physically active, your body releases feel-good endorphins.
Sleep on it
Sleep helps to rejuvenate your body and mind. Sometimes problems or feelings that seemed insurmountable the night before can feel more manageable after a good night’s sleep.
When you’re stressed, you can sometimes be carrying around lots of pressure and negative thoughts. Writing your thoughts down can help you to let out these feelings. You may also find it helpful to express yourself through art, dance, singing, or drama.