When your emotions or temper become increasingly difficult to manage, WALK AWAY. Taking a short break to cool off can make a big difference.
When times get tough and emotions run high, it is important to remember that difficult behaviors are caused by the disease and not the person.
We all need help, but many of us have a difficult time asking for it. Doing everything yourself can lead you towards caregiver burnout so be sure to ask for and accept help when it is offered. Caregivers occasionally report that friends have stopped calling or that no one is reaching out. Sometimes people don't reach out because they don't know what to say or what you may need. It's okay to initiate conversations with friends and loved ones letting them know what would be helpful.
Have a small "to go" bag ready for unexpected trips or events.
Sample items to include:
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