Work/life balance has become a priority for many American workers since the onset of the pandemic. Many people who have become part of the “Great Resignation” cite their desire for a healthier work/life balance as the reason for searching for a new job. Family caregivers don’t have the luxury of resigning from their responsibilities, but a healthy work/life balance is just as vital for them as it is for anyone. Not only does their health and happiness hinge on a proper balance, but also that of the loved one they care for. If you’re a family caregiver, striking a balance between caring for a loved one and caring for yourself takes conscious effort. You need to take steps every day to attain that healthy balance. Here are five ways to do that:

Give yourself a break

Every worker needs to take breaks during their shift, including family caregivers. Take 15 to 30 minutes off at least once or twice a day. If you’re caring for a loved one 24/7, arrange for someone to relieve you of your duties. Enlist the help of a family member, friend, or respite care from a professional caregiver.

Move, move, move

Exercise doesn’t sound like something you want to do when you’re drained, but it’s one of the healthiest ways to achieve balance. Just 20-30 minutes of exercise at least three times a week will relieve your stress and take your mind off of caregiving. Take a brisk walk outside or on the treadmill, practice yoga or Tai Chi, or dance to your favorite music. Many apps can help structure your exercise for you.

Eat a balanced diet

When you’re busy and stressed, going through the drive-thru at a fast-food joint can be very tempting (and habit-forming). But, there’s a price to pay for eating junk food, like an energy crash a couple of hours after eating. So, instead of a burger and fries, make yourself a d