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What should you do if you feel overwhelmed as a primary caregiver?

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When you're feeling overwhelmed, reach out to friends and family members and ask for their help -- whether it's to pick up groceries, to call the doctor's office and make an appointment, or to just come sit with you and give you a hug, no conversation required.

However you choose to do it, making time for yourself isn't indulgent or selfish. It's a critical part of making you a better caregiver. And it can empower you to handle the challenges ahead.

SOURCES:

Harvard Health Publications/HelpGuide: "When a Loved One is Terminally Ill."

Family Caregiver Alliance: "Grief and Loss."

Australian Government Department of Health/HealthDirect: "Grief before death – understanding anticipatory grief."

Visiting Nurse Service of New York: "5 Steps for Dealing with Anticipatory Grief."

AARP: "10 Ways for Caregivers to Nurture Themselves."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 4, 2018

SOURCES:

Harvard Health Publications/HelpGuide: "When a Loved One is Terminally Ill."

Family Caregiver Alliance: "Grief and Loss."

Australian Government Department of Health/HealthDirect: "Grief before death – understanding anticipatory grief."

Visiting Nurse Service of New York: "5 Steps for Dealing with Anticipatory Grief."

AARP: "10 Ways for Caregivers to Nurture Themselves."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 4, 2018

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