Staying socially connected decreases isolation and feelings of loneliness, making you feel less depressed or anxious during this time of your caregiving life. Even better, getting active with your friends can improve your physical health and decrease stress brought on by your caregiving role.
Once you make yourself and your health a priority, you will find that you feel better. You may get sick less often or sleep better. You may even enjoy your caregiving tasks more than before. In any case, you are a better caregiver when you focus on your own health first.