Holden Cancer Center Tip: Coping with the holidays as a caregiver

The holiday season can wear out the best of us. Caregivers of people living with cancer may feel particularly overwhelmed or stressed by the demands of the season combined with taking care of loved ones.

It is important for caregivers to:

  • Eat regular, proper meals. Good nutrition is important to staying healthy and maintaining energy.
  • Get quality sleep. If you are having trouble getting to sleep, or staying asleep, see a doctor for help.
  • Get some exercise. This does not require joining a gym or long workouts. Do what you can, when you can.
  • Keep in contact with friends and family. Do not isolate yourself or your loved one. Interaction with others is very important for our mental health.

Caregivers also need to put themselves first and make time to rejuvenate, reflect, or feel sad. Caregivers should not feel guilty for how they feel. Seeking out a counselor or friend to talk about your feelings can be helpful.

Learn more at www.uihealthcare.com/topics/medicaldepartments/
cancercenter/cancertips/index.html
, or contact Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancer Information Service at The University of Iowa at 800-237-1225, or visit online at uihealthcare.com/cancer.