You must advocate for yourself , that is take care of yourself so that you can take care of someone else.
Keep in mind that we are human and have limitations, as a result, we can only do as much as our own, human physical and mental health allows us to do. Being a caretaker will break you, if you let it.
Are you the “go to” person in your group? Does everyone seek your advice? Be proud of this position given to you by others but don’t allow yourself to be worn out”, “burned out”, or “fatigued”. Don’t allow yourself to get to the point that you feel you are being dumped upon, taken advantage of or are not being appreciated.
Give yourself some kind of physical and mental outlet. Be selfish, exercise, read a book, travel, even write a book. Take a day or an hour off. Most of all , don’t cut yourself off from the rest of the world. Talk to people. Share with others. As a caretaker you must “take care” of yourself.
Contribute to and keep up with this blog as often as you can. I’d like to think it will be one of the major methods that you will use to take care of yourself.