Mixed Emotions

by Lois Etienne on August 30, 2012

in Caregiver Support,Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

Caregiving  can bring conflicting feelings, not unlike other life events such as marriage and having children. Sometimes caregiving makes  you feel loved, satisfied and appreciated. Other times you may feel overwhelmed, frustrated and anxious. According to Home Instead Senior Care’s research, having mixed emotions surrounding a caregiving experience is perfectly normal.

Home Instead’s research found that family caregivers who hide or repress feelings are the ones most likely to experience deep negative emotions. They also are the ones most likely to see their health suffer as a result of their family care giving responsibilities. But there are choices you can make to work through the tough times.

1)     Acknowledge all feelings, good or bad.

2)     Release your feelings in a safe way, like journaling or support groups.

3)     Enlist support from family, friends or professionals.

4)     Find solutions, take a break with things you really enjoy.

The goal is to acknowledge and express your emotions but in the most healthy and positive way possible. For more information, go to:

http://www.caregiverstress.com/stress-management/hidden-emotions/emotional-aspects-of-caregiving-video-series/

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