It is important to take care of yourself, and it is normal for you to have symptoms of stress, anxiety, or depression when someone you care about isn’t well. It’s important for you to build your own support system of people who will listen to you and be concerned about your well-being, including friends, relatives, and possibly a doctor or therapist. You might think your problems are minor in comparison to what your loved one is coping with, but that doesn’t mean you are any less deserving of help and comfort.

Take time out for yourself, and make time to do things that you enjoy or that relax you. You will be best able to support the person you care about when you are healthy, rested, and relaxed.