Why don’t you try? : Ways to reach out to friends about being a carer
You may feel like your carer life is different from the life of your friends. You may find out that they do not understand the way that you are feeling, they do not know how to help you cope with your feelings as a carer.
Some carers also have a fear of stigma. Stigma for the carer job that they are doing and stigma for the person they are caring for. This fear of having your life out in the open and uncovering your feelings to other people, may end up making you feel very lonely.
If you’re feeling down and discouraged, a good idea is to share your feelings with someone close to you, such as a spouse or a friend. If you don’t feel like you can do that, maybe speak to your GP or a health care or social care professional. Either way, speaking about your feelings is the best way to cope as a carer. If you keep your feelings locked inside, it can be worse – you may end up being depressed.
Here’s a tip for you to try this week :
Meet or chat with your friends and explain to them how you are feeling and the support you would like from them. , Spend time with family and friends, Talk to people involved in your relationships and explain as much as you feel you can.,
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