Nostalgic TV programs and movies with a light snack can be a good way to relax. Although there is usually much to do for a caregiver, rather than rush about with other tasks, take time and sit with the person you are caring for. It may seem time consuming at first, but if it helps the person get to bed more smoothly, it may save time in the long run.
Avoid stimulants and large dinners late in the day.
Have a small "to go" bag ready for unexpected trips or events.
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We all need help, but many of us have a difficult time asking for it. Doing everything yourself can lead you towards caregiver burnout so be sure to ask for and accept help when it is offered. Caregivers occasionally report that friends have stopped calling or that no one is reaching out. Sometimes people don't reach out because they don't know what to say or what you may need. It's okay to initiate conversations with friends and loved ones letting them know what would be helpful.