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5 Ways to Reduce Caregiver Stress Under Pressure

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Caregivers are under more pressure than many people because they have another person to take care of besides themselves. They have very little control over situations they face daily, and this can cause bad stress which eventually induces frustration and confusion. Reducing the intensity and duration of the causes of excessive pressure helps prevent chronic stress and we have 5 tips to show you the way.

13 Time-saving Tips to Help You Keep the Holiday Spirit

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If you’re like me, you don’t schedule a moment’s rest for the last three weeks of the year. You get up earlier than usual and after your day job and caregiving, you still have plenty to do. You prepare for get-togethers, sign and mail holiday cards, spend extra time shopping, take care of many little tasks that no one thinks of until the last minute, and the list goes on. Keeping the holiday spirit can be quite difficult if you don’t find ways to cut back so that you still have some time for yourself. Why not try some of these?

How to Make the Holidays Happier for Everyone

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Thankfulness, Love, Peace, Joy, Family, and Friends are the ingredients of a happy holiday season. Stress is not. Any undue pressure caregivers put on themselves to make everything perfect is nothing more than a negative whirlwind of emotions that lead to unrealistic expectations, overspending, mental fatigue and physical exhaustion. Even if your loved one has dementia, you can, and should, have a good time. 

Hey, Honey: We Need to Talk About My Mom

When Living Alone Is No Longer an Option

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“We need to talk about my mom” has almost become cliché, but what happens next is as different as individual snowflakes. Situations are never identical in the world of caregiving and family dynamics can make getting to solutions a difficult, winding and stressful process. However, you won't go wrong if you . . .

This Week's Best for July 29, 2016

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Hey, it's Friday. Is there a better day to see what's going on in the world of articles and blogs for the past week? Today's post will offer our top picks in eight categories. We are passing along links to  informative and entertaining articles we hope you can use as you continue to improve the quality of your life and the lives of all family members. 

A Chaotic Start is the Best Way to have an Awful Day

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If you are a caregiver and your day is going well, one of two things is likely. Either today is one of your rare lucky days or you follow a morning routine. If this is just a lucky day for you, go ahead and enjoy it. This too shall pass. Tomorrow or the next day will be chaotic again and you’ll be reacting to every disturbance as if it were the first time you had to deal with it. Learn how carers who seem to have it all together when they come to work do it.

3 Things You Need to Know Before Your Medical Information Search

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The internet is immensely valuable; especially as a tool for learning. It has saved me countless hours when I’ve used it appropriately: it has cost me countless hours when I haven’t. I found myself lost in online medical information searches that cost me dearly. It wouldn't have been that way if I'd set a few basic guidelines like these for myself.

How to Persuade Your Boss to Approve Flextime

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How important is flextime to employees? Numerous surveys indicate that it is something that potential workers value highly; consistently being named as one of the top 3 most desired benefits – along with compensation and opportunity for advancement. More employers than ever are realizing better productivity and happier employees by allowing them to have some control over when and where they do their work. But what if you don't work for one of them and flextime would be a perfect solution to your home-work dilemma? Here's what you should know before you make your request.

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