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Prevent burnout

(HealthDayNews) -- Caring for an ill or dying family member can drain you to the point where you feel you can't continue. That's why it's important to practice self-preservation. If you don't take some time to recharge your batteries, you won't be much good to anyone. Harvard Medical School offers these tips for family caregivers:

  • Take charge of your life and don't let your loved one's illness always take center stage.
  • Set aside some quality time for your own needs.
  • Watch out for signs of depression, and get professional help when you need it.
  • Accept other people's offers to help.
  • Educate yourself about your loved one's condition. Knowledge is empowering.
  • Grieve for your losses and then allow yourself to dream new dreams.
  • Seek support from other caregivers.
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