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Dance! I put on some music and move the grief out of the body so I can get down to taking care of my work. I am grateful for my health and for my attitude. I have vowed to never stay down for long, and I am succeeding.

Cook! Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms, Butternut squash with apples, and I made guocamole for tomorrow lunch. Juiced veggies twice today. Feeling great!

Listen to Mom's problems, then Dad's problems. Feels like concrete on my heart. Dance around the apartment and come home to myself: joy, joy, joy.

What do you do for getting rid of the blues? Can you do a little something every day to keep yourself afloat?

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Support groups? I don't know how to answer this. The more feeble your loved one becomes, the worse it gets. What makes it even sadder, if you have no family around you are quite alone. You really are. Going to work? Not without a sitter, so whatever you make you lose so it's like working for free. It's very tough, but you are doing the right thing. Especially without your parent(s) because they need you and you only have one mom or dad.
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I play a few instruments... mandolin, guitar, bass. I try to educate myself on several subjects since I can't go back to school right now. Support groups are good if they are avalible more than once a month. Some people find religion/church helps them cope with their anxiety.

Finding something you have some control over will help your well being. When people have no control over any aspect of their lives, they lose hope and get depressed.
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I think learning to love yourself first is very important. A lesson that has taken me many years to grasp. I've always sacrificed for my Mom and now that she is safe and being taken care of in a good nursing home I'm learning to like myself again and not beat myself up with guilt about what I think I should be doing for her.

Don't get me wrong I still obsess about my Mom's health and well being but since I can't move into the nursing home (not that I'd want to) I have no choice but to let it go and its been good for me.
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Going to work is my sanity :)
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