Being a caregiver in any capacity, whether you’re a professional or looking after a loved one, is often overwhelming. A lot of times, caregivers sacrifice their own well‑being and happiness for the sake of the people they are caring for. But neglecting your own health and happiness can leave you physically depleted, emotionally drained, and even less able to care for others.

That’s why it’s so important for caregivers to take time to recharge their batteries. Taking the steps to support your own health and well‑being can help you to become a happier, healthier, and more well-balanced caregiver—and person.

In a recent Happify webinar, pediatric ICU nurse and author Hui-wen Sato, R.N., guided participants through the process of “moving up the scale of wellness,” to reenergize and reconnect with their inner compassion. Here are some of the tips she discussed for finding life-affirming ways to unpack the meaning and connection behind our caregiving experiences.