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A mother and daughter posing and smilingCaring for an ill, aging, or disabled person can be a rewarding experience. However, depending on the level of care required and other demands on the caregiver’s time and energy, it can also become an overwhelming responsibility. It’s not easy to endure the demands of guiding a loved one through their illness, and to be a good care manager, you have to take care of your own health as well.

Following are a few tips that will keep you strong:

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Keep your routine.

If you normally get up and stretch and shower before sipping coffee as you get dressed and watch the news, don’t stop. Even if you’re more anxious about catching the doctor than catching up with the latest world crisis, stick with what’s most familiar. It will calm you and your family, especially if you still have children living at home.

Get serious about self-care.

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