Caregiving can cause sustained anxiety and stress, resulting in burn out. Before my mom moved into assisted living I was exhausted. ALL the time. I had trouble sleeping, was grinding my teeth, had frequent headaches, and since my mom needed full attention at all times, I could not find time to get away and find some calm. So I had to create some ways to find sanity while I was in the eye of the tornado. Most self-care suggestions I've found operate under the assumption that you have time for counseling, to exercise every day, to shop for and cook elaborate, healthy meals, and even for sleep....Of course as caregivers we know we are lucky to scarf down whatever we can find in the pantry and get a few hours of sleep before we start all over again! Here are some realistic tips that can make a big difference.