Self Care Isn't Selfish! It is critical for caregiver and our biggest hint is below

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Oct 31, 2022

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As a Caregiver Advocate, this is one of the most important tips I give caregivers...put your oxygen mask on first!

When you are on a plane one of the first instructions is to put your oxygen mask on first, so that you can then help others that depend on you.

This applies to caregivers as well. You must find time for yourself every day. It could be going for a walk, reading, listening to music, exercise or anything that calms you or that
you enjoy.

If you need help as a caregiver, you don't have to do it alone. Learn more at our website

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