Button up your overcoat When the wind is free Take good care of yourself You belong to me.
Eat an apple every day Get to bed by three Oh, take good care of yourself You belong to me.
Wear your flannel underwear When you climb a tree Oh, take good care of yourself You belong to me.
And so it goes...
Caregivers undergo a great deal of stress and emotional strain. The physical and mental demands put the caregiver's own health at risk, as well as contribute to depression and other symptoms lacking from adequate self-care behavior.
Common complaints reported by caregivers: Poor sleep, inadequate eating habits, exercise, starting or increasing alcohol, tobacco, drug use.
It is not selfish to focus on your own needs. What good will you be if you don't take care of yourself?