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How can I tell if caregiving is putting too much stress on me?
If you have any of the following symptoms, caregiving may be putting too much strain on you:
What can I do to prevent or relieve stress?
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Take care of yourself. In the process, you'll become a better caregiver. Take the following steps to make your health a priority:
Caregivers who work outside the home should consider taking some time off. If you are feeling overwhelmed, taking a break from your job may help you get back on track. Employees covered under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act may be able to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year to care for relatives. Ask your human resources office about options for unpaid leave.
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