Why don’t you try? : Managing your feelings as a carer
It can be tiring providing physical and emotional support or juggling many things to coordinate care. You may feel unprepared for being a carer and dealing with your own feelings. There’s no right or wrong way to feel and this might change by the day.
Some carers talk about feeling: anxious and stressed sad, depressed and even helpless grief and fatigue lonely guilty or ashamed frustrated, resentful or angry.
Sometimes the difficult emotions of caring and grief can feel like or change into depression.
Common symptoms of depression like feeling tired, forgetful and losing your appetite could be caused by the extra demands of caring. It can help to talk about how you feel. Try talking to someone you trust, your GP or the Samaritans on 116 123.
Managing your feelings
Looking after someone can be exhausting and cause all sorts of feelings. Carers sometimes feel resentful towards the person they care for, or towards others who they believe could be doing more to help. Even when you’re looking after someone 24/7, caring can be a lonely experience. This is especially true when you feel that other family and friends don’t understand what you’re going through. While it can be difficult, there are some things you can do to try to deal with these feelings and get the support you need.
Here’s a tip for you to try this week :
Book an appointment with a member of the Bridgit Carer Coach team, Speak and share your feelings with your family and friends and close support network, Organise a carers assessment with your local authority about seeking more support and your struggles,
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