Caregiver stress and tips | Diabetes Hub

It's not easy to care for someone with diabetes. Learn to spot symptoms of stress and how you can manage it in a variety of ways.


Caregiver stress and tips

Signs and symptoms of caregiver stress

Caring for a loved one with diabetes is not an easy task and can be stressful.

Here are some common signs and symptoms of caregiver stress.

Finding no meaning in caregiving
Loss of appetite
Chronic fatigue
Feeling hopeless and helpless
Withdrawal from friends and family

How to manage caregiver stress

Practise self-care

  • Positive self-talk
  • Tell yourself daily that you are helping the person in your care even if you do not do everything well; you are doing everything with love and you are improving

Make use of respite care

  • Take a rest first so you are more able to care for others

Join support groups

  • Hospital support groups
  • Community support groups
  • Online communities

Seek professional help

  • From a therapist, counsellor or spiritual advisor
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