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Caring for Yourself

Self-care Tips

It can be easy to put other people’s needs before your own, but your first responsibility is to take care of yourself. When you’re feeling your best, you’re more able to help those who depend on you. Here are a few reminders:

Keep a Positive Mindset

Set realistic expectations and goals, and accept that sometimes you cannot fix things for your loved one. Try to focus on what is going right for your loved one, not what is challenging.

Take Time Out For You

It’s important to have a balanced life, so spend time with family and friends, try to get enough sleep, eat well, and keep stress levels down by exercising or finding other ways to relax.

You’re Not in This Alone

There are people around you who can help you care for your loved one. Speak up if you think other friends or family members can help, and accept help when it’s offered for small tasks like errands. There are also nonprofit resources that can be of assistance.

Caregiver Journal Worksheet

Get started on recording the schizophrenia recovery process by downloading the Journaling Worksheet.

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Caregiver Self-care Guide

Offers tips to keep you healthy and balanced.

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