Being a caregiver can be a rewarding personal and spiritual experience. Care giving can be in the form of children, elderly, or even relatives with physical or mental disabilities. As many will attest, it can take its toll on your own mental and emotional health. In addition to the regular stresses you deal with personally and in your daily life, you are absorbing many of the stresses of others. It can leave you feeling very overwhelmed, tired, and emotionally unstable. You may even experience isolation and negative thoughts about the people you are caring for. There are effective strategies to cope with care giving and it is important to also help yourself.