6. Spend time with pets.
Animals aren’t demanding of our time—all they want is to be with and love us, even when we’re cranky. They’ve been shown to offer health benefits to humans, too; studies from the National Institute of Health have found that pet ownership can actually improve cardiovascular health. Make a point of spending more time with your pets, or a neighbor’s; take longer walks with your dog or vow to add more play-time for your cat.
7. Start socializing more.
Caregivers spend so much time caring for loved ones that they often neglect to socialize with friends. “Humans are naturally social, so isolation is a risk factor for burnout and depression,” cautions Dr. Civitelli. “You don’t want your world to narrow to the point where all you ever do is work and provide care. There also has to be time for pleasure and being with people who can build you up.”