Become familiar with the resources in your community, such as volunteer drivers, meal delivery programs, support groups and counsellors. Your Leukemia/BMT social worker can provide you with details and contact information.
Try to develop a support network by making connections and forging relationships with others who are going through similar situations; it is helpful to know that you are not alone.
Know the Signs of Burnout & Depression
Know when your stress is manageable and when you need to seek out more professional help.
Develop an awareness of the physical symptoms related to stress. How does your body react to stress?
Don’t put off seeking help from professionals when you need it.
Practice Stress Management & Relaxation Techniques
Try techniques such as meditation, relaxation breathing, and guided imagery. Classes and support groups in these techniques are offered through the BC Cancer Agency and the Centre for Integrated Healing. These techniques are good for both patients and caregivers.
Physical exercise is a stress reliever. A ten minute walk can do wonders.
Attend a support group. You will discover that you are not alone in this experience, and you will gain invaluable insights and suggestions from others.