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Caregiver Corner: Caregiver Fatigue

Serving as a caregiver for a loved one with lung cancer can be a very physically and mentally exhausting job. As we never seem to have enough time, taking a few minutes every day to focus on yourself might cause feelings of guilt. However, research shows that taking this personal time is important, as it allows caregivers to relieve stress and ultimately be a better caregiver. Remember that your health is as important as that of your loved one, and avoiding the signs of caregiver fatigue can be detrimental to both you and your loved one. Below are resources that help identify the causes of caregiver fatigue as well as recommendations on how to make sure you are taking care of you.

Caregiver Self-Assessment Questionnaire

The link will take you to the Caregiver Self Assessment Questionnaire from a PBS special on caregiving. The second page of the questionnaire provides information on how to interpret your scores and next steps.

LUNGevity Lung Cancer Support Community

This post from a member of LUNGevity’s Lung Cancer Support Community provides an overview of the causes of lung cancer caregiver fatigue as well as recommendations on how to avoid caregiver fatigue. 

Dealing with Caregiver Fatigue

This article provides an overview of symptoms of caregiver fatigue and offers advice on how to deal with caregiver fatigue. 

National Cancer Institute

This link provides a brief overview of ways to take time for yourself while serving as a caregiver. 

Corporate Leadership Council-Benefits Stress Management Guide (PowerPoint)

This document allows individuals to identify causes of stress and includes a stress management strategy tool. 

Managing Holiday Stress

This article from Everyday Health provides information on how to deal with the additional stresses placed on lung cancer caregivers during the holiday season.