Know your limits
Research shows that people who care for a loved one with a long-term illness often experience higher anxiety than the average person. Stress in caregivers is common. It’s also a normal human reaction. Learning to cope is very important.
Talk with someone. If you are feeling down often, you may want to try connecting with other cancer caregivers. Consider joining a caregiver support group. Meeting others who know what you are going through may be helpful. To get started, you can find a list of cancer caregiver support organizations here.
But, if you begin to feel very sad or alone, it may be time to consider speaking with a social worker, counselor, or other professional.