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It's no secret that being a caregiver is stressful. So what is the best way to reduce that stress?
A major philosophy of CarePond exists on the premise of caring for those who care for others. If you feel overwhelmed or isolated as a caregiver, you're not alone. We gathered thousands of data points submitted to us by other caregivers related to stress, their support networks and personal care.Here's what we found:
Oddly enough, even with a strong support network, 67% of caregivers surveyed found their stress levels unaffected. So what was the biggest stress reducer?
That's right. Take some time out of the day to do something you enjoy, be it with a loved one or yourself. Make it a priority, just like breakfast and lunch. Although at times it may be hard to come to terms with, caring for yourself is always a first priority, even when caring for someone you love.
We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of Robin Williams' passing. For many of us at CarePond, Mr. Williams was a wonderful part of our lives growing up as children. The warmth and happiness he brought to us emboldened our joy in good times, and served as a beacon in our times of struggle.
This week, we would like to dedicate CarePond to caregivers, friends and family who provide aid for those suffering from depression. Feel free to share your experiences, tips and stories in the Q&A section.
Our main focus at CarePond is relieving the burden caregiver's face on a daily basis. Here, we give some insight into the reasons many people join CarePond and how they best describe their feelings as a caregiver. The basic question we were looking to answer was:
To figure that out, we took a look at some of the anonymous data we've gathered:
Finally, we wanted to see how the leading emotions caregivers experience tie together with their reason for joining CarePond:
Our findings show that many caregivers who've joined support communities experience a great deal of frustration and stress. We also found that many of the feelings caregivers experience are aimed toward their care situation, rather than toward themselves (guilt, fear and isolation), or toward the person they care for (resentment or grief).
It was interesting to read how the caregiver is usually a side note of the patience illness and how important it is that we as caregivers take care of ourselves both physically and emotionally. Although the book focuses on caregiving for people who are either depressed or manic depressed, I believe the same result happens for most caregivers who feel isolated or who do not get the opportunity to express their feelings with others.
The book focuses on the value of support groups, how to find them, how to create them. I think that’s a great idea, but if that is not possible, then sharing with trusted friends, other family members and on line also helps. We get sucked up in feelings of inadequacy, anger, and resentment, wondering if we are doing the right thing for our loved ones, sometimes wondering why us? It’s so important that we understand what we are feeling is normal! We must make our lives a priority as we also take care of our loved ones.
Please share how you feel.
Does anyone else have experience dealing with chronically depressed friends or loved ones? Any advice you'd like to share?
One thought she had that I think we as caregivers on this site can relate to is that she asked herself, why was she normal while the rest of her family was so dysfunctional? For years she thought she had been born just to care for them. But then it occurred to her that maybe her family was a gift to her.
What an insight, that we can love and learn and get so much satisfaction from taking care of others even with all the frustration caregiving can bring. Do others feel this way? Torn between the difficulties of caregiving while feeling it’s a gift?
It was a very touching story, very well written and I think any caregiver can relate to her story.
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