6. Empowering yourself through support and self-care

Benefits of self-care

In order to help your relative with psychosis, you need to recognize the importance and need for self-care. Taking good care of yourself gives you more physical and emotional energy to deal with the challenges you face, and that will benefit your relative.

There are many benefits to taking care of your own health. You will be:

    physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially healthier
    less preoccupied with your relative’s illness
    less emotionally and physically vulnerable
    more balanced within your relationships
    better able to reduce stress
    better able to make decisions and respond effectively within the relationship
    more likely to have energy and patience to support a family member and effectively participate in their recovery
    a healthier support to your partner, other family members and children
    better able to respond to and support a relative experiencing psychosis
    better able to parent and support the children affected.