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What basic lifestyle needs of their own do caregivers often ignore?

What basic lifestyle needs of their own do caregivers often ignore?

Robin Dorman, PsyD

Clinical Health Psychologist, Northwestern University Medical Center, Chicago

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Usually people laugh when you say, "Keep up with exercise," because, again, that's just not something that's been prioritized, and may not have been prioritized before, going through, kind of going through this challenge, and this m... Show More

Usually people laugh when you say, "Keep up with exercise," because, again, that's just not something that's been prioritized, and may not have been prioritized before, going through, kind of going through this challenge, and this major change in life. So, when we say, "exercise," we don't necessarily mean that you have to go to the gym for an hour a day. That might mean get out and walk around the block. That might mean sit down and stretch for a few minutes. Keep your body going in a way that keeps you feeling energetic, that keeps you feeling healthy. I'm listing the obvious, but they're all so important. Make sure you're eating, you know, it's a very basic function that people forget to do when they're caregiving, or they minimize the importance, or they start to eat just junk, whatever they find, start snacking, and kind of let their own nutrition go to the wayside. These are all things, none of these things may sound so important to managing the day-to-day, the day-to-day challenges, but they're what keep your basic health, and you're basic functioning going, so that you can still feel like the well functioning person that you need to be.

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What basic lifestyle needs of their own do caregivers often ignore?

Robin Dorman, PsyD

Clinical Health Psychologist, Northwestern University Medical Center, Chicago

More Videos by Robin Dorman
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Usually people laugh when you say, "Keep up with exercise," because, again, that's just not something that's been prioritized, and may not have been prioritized before, going through, kind of going through this challenge, and this major change in life. So, when we say, "exercise," we don't necessarily mean that you have to go to the gym for an hour a day. That might mean get out and walk around the block. That might mean sit down and stretch for a few minutes. Keep your body going in a way that keeps you feeling energetic, that keeps you feeling healthy. I'm listing the obvious, but they're all so important. Make sure you're eating, you know, it's a very basic function that people forget to do when they're caregiving, or they minimize the importance, or they start to eat just junk, whatever they find, start snacking, and kind of let their own nutrition go to the wayside. These are all things, none of these things may sound so important to managing the day-to-day, the day-to-day challenges, but they're what keep your basic health, and you're basic functioning going, so that you can still feel like the well functioning person that you need to be.

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