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Avoiding Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is the overuse of alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription drugs, and over-the-counter medications. The line between use and abuse is not always clear.

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Eating Well

Eating well will help both you and the person for whom youre caring stay healthy. A healthy diet can protect you from heart disease, bone loss, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other illnesses.

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Getting Caregiver Help

As a caregiver, youre at increased risk of emotional, mental, and physical problems. You may feel embarrassed, but getting help is important for both you and the person for whom you are caring.

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Getting Exercise

Just a few minutes of activity per day can improve you overall wellbeing, give you more energy, reduce stress, and lift your mood.

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Staying Healthy

Caregivers tend to brush aside their own needs by skipping preventive care appointments. As a caregiver, you are at greater risk for colds, infections, and chronic diseases.

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Talking with Friends and Family

As a caregiver, talking openly about how youre feeling and what you need is a must. You have practical challenges that need to be handled and feelings that need to be addresses.

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