Taking care of a loved one- good. Remember to take care of yourself too.
Are you taking care of a parent, a partner, a child or grandchild? How about the additional burden of caring for several generations at once?
You can become stretched too thin trying to do it all.
Caring for any loved one can be stressful. Caring for a loved one in your own home can add another dimension of stress. Caring for a loved one who is infirm entails yet another challenge.
“Taking care of a loved one with a mental illness can lead to special mental problems in the primary caregiver. Family caregivers can experience high levels of stress, self-blame, substance abuse and depressive symptoms. Researchers suggest that caregivers, regardless of loved ones’ needs can consider refocusing their priorities to lighten their load.
Being the principal caregiver to a mentally ill family member is a special stressor that often creates high levels of burden and contributes to depression”. (Dr. Carsten Wrosch, a psychology professor at Concordia University & coauthor Ella Amir)
Caregivers who adjust career responsibilities, go on vacation, see friends, exercise, eat well and get enough sleep would cope better with caregiving stress and protect their emotional well-being (Counseling on Demand).
“Caregivers who are able to do this blame themselves less for problems associated with caregiving and use alcohol or drugs less frequently to regulate their emotions”. (Rick Nauert PhD in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology)
Caregivers could use as much as help as they can get. This is where Counseling on Demand comes in. You need not go through this alone. With our support, you can get through these times.
We can help. You needn’t leave your favorite/private place; maybe a special niche at home or the office where you can be alone and undisturbed. Nor must you wait for an appointment. We are there 24/7. You can begin in 24 hours or less.
You may contact us now. Your first consultation is free.
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