SELF-CARE Checklist FOR CAREGIVERS Physical Health ____ I’m seeing my doctor(s) regularly. ____ I’m taking my own medications on schedule. ____ I’m exercising at least once per week. ____ I’m eating nutritious meals regularly. ____ I’m getting enough sleep (at least 7 hours)
Social Health ____ I talk with family of friends at least once per week ____ I’m keeping up with at least one activity I enjoy. What is an activity that you enjoy? How often do you participate in it? ____ I feel connected to the people around me.
Emotional Health ____ I’m getting ongoing emotional support for my caregiving situation from at least one person. Who is this person? How do they provide support? ____ I have at least one outlet for stress (e.g., an enjoyable activity, confiding in someone, writing, exercise, meditation or relaxation techniques) that I use regularly. ____ I understand that typical emotional responses to caregiving include denial, anxiety frustration, anger, guilt, shame, and grief. ____ When I feel I cannot handle difficult emotions on my own, I reach out to others for help.
Spiritual Health _____ If I have attended religious services in the past, I continue to do so. ____ I am caring for my loved one in a way that is consistent with my values and beliefs, and this experience has meaning for me.
Caregiving Health ____ I understand the needs of the child in my care. ____ I feel prepared to handle difficult situations that may occur with the child in my care (ie bullying in school, behavioral problems, online classes) ____ I’m asking for, and accepting, help from family, friends, neighbors, members of my congregation and community, and professionals. ____ I’m in regular contact with other caregivers.