Overwhelm Overtime and Time Out

“Pick one thing, Laurel.  Just one task to take care of this morning,” I said when listening to my friend.

Laurel had just finished telling me about the mental and physical state of her Aunt Jenna.  The list was grim, and extensive, and had been going on for almost a year at this point.  Reality had finally taken its toll putting Laurel into a constant state of high anxiety, overwhelm, and worry.  She was having trouble knowing what to do next.

Laurel couldn’t get her aunt to go for a 200 ft. walk, or eat a decent meal, or eat on time so she could at least keep up her strength to give her body and brain a fighting chance against the on slot of the dementia.