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How does it help me to accept my feelings when I'm a caregiver?

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Caregiver or not, accepting your emotions -- all of them -- can help. You can’t control how you feel. And the only thing they say about you is that you’re human. The key is to let them be there and try not to act on the negative ones. See if you can understand what triggers a feeling. It may guide you to a solution.

Family Caregiver Alliance: “Emotional Side of Caregiving.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation: “Informal Caregiving for Older Americans: An Analysis of the 2011 National Study of Caregiving. Balance of Positive and Negative Aspects of Caregiving.”

HelpGuide.org: “Caregiver Stress and Burnout, Family Caregiving.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Grief and Loss as Alzheimer’s Progresses.”

Help for Cancer Caregivers: “Coping Emotionally.”

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Human Development and Family Studies: “Caregivers Experience Difficult Emotions.”

American Psychological Association: “Positive Aspects of Caregiving.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Physical and Mental Effects of Family Caregiving.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 23, 2019

Family Caregiver Alliance: “Emotional Side of Caregiving.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation: “Informal Caregiving for Older Americans: An Analysis of the 2011 National Study of Caregiving. Balance of Positive and Negative Aspects of Caregiving.”

HelpGuide.org: “Caregiver Stress and Burnout, Family Caregiving.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Grief and Loss as Alzheimer’s Progresses.”

Help for Cancer Caregivers: “Coping Emotionally.”

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Human Development and Family Studies: “Caregivers Experience Difficult Emotions.”

American Psychological Association: “Positive Aspects of Caregiving.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Physical and Mental Effects of Family Caregiving.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 23, 2019

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