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What can I do if I'm anxious as a caregiver?

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As a caregiver, it's understandable if you have a long list of concerns: “What if I’m not around when something goes wrong? What if I make a mistake?” Anxiety happens when we feel out of control. It’s also a warning to pay attention and tend to your own needs. What you can do: Try to avoid focusing too much on what ifs. Keep your attention on things you can control, like making a backup plan for when you can’t be around.

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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