Therapeutic Thursday – Waves of Emotion – How to Accept Your Feelings As a Caregiver
Deciding to take on the responsibilities of caregiving can bring about a variety of emotions. As the circumstances of the caregiving role change so may the caregiver’s emotions. It is important to understand the impact of these emotions, to understand that changes of emotion during caregiving is common and many other caregivers share these feelings.
Ways to Cope with Emotional Responses to Caregiving:
- Identify your feelings.
- Admit that the feeling exists even though it is unpleasant.
- Take a step back and gain some distance from the situation.
- Take time to figure out what triggers the feelings.
- Talk about your feelings with someone you trust or write them down to express them.
- Make a plan, figure out what you can do differently when you recognize that these feelings are occurring; know specifically what you will change and how.
- Remember that there must be a balance between your needs and those of your loved one.
- Be comfortable with your limits; this means accepting what you are realistically able to do.
Places you can turn for caregiver support include:
- Family members or friends who will listen without judgment
- Your church, temple, or other place of worship
- Caregiver support groups at a local hospital or online
- A therapist, social worker, or counselor
- National caregiver organizations
- Organizations specific to your family member’s illness or disability
- AlzheimersCareResourceCenter.org – Add comments, share your story, tip or thought. Email us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
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