This week I am exploring the emotional and psychological elements of caring for a friend or loved one from a distance and provide some activities to manage and reduce the guilt and stress that can be associated with being a carer or caregivers in these circumstances.
March Male Carers Month – Interview with David and Richard about being a male gay carer and young carer
March Male Carers Month – Interview with David and Richar
Welcome to the second interview in our March Male Carers Month series of interviews and workshops supporting the mental wellbeing of male carers. Today’s interview is with David and Richard. David is Richard’s carer, but Richard himself has also been a carer, both as a young carer and as an adult. They share very honest and open experiences about being carers and also being a cared-for-person, which is very insightful and helpful to understand how it can be different for male carers when interacting with social care, and professional bodies, say nurses and doctors, and professions like that, but also as male gay carers. It’s a different dynamic again, and it’s a very interesting interview. So, please do listen, and I hope you enjoy…
This week I am exploring how you can start or continue a conversation with your line manager or employer about being a working carer; why it is important to have that conversation for both of you, even if it might seem daunting, and some suggestions and resources to prepare, which will help to reduce negative thoughts and feelings, give you more confidence and hopefully, result in a positive outcome for you and them.
The 3 emotional and practical phases of the caring journey and how to support yourself as you transition through them
This week I am sharing an overview of the three phases of the caring journey, what aspects of caring each one is likely to cover, why it is useful to know what challenges each phase might bring and finally, some resources, activities and exercises, to support you as you enter and transition between them.
In this first part of a four-part series on building emotional resilience, I am talking about probably the most common emotion, ‘carers guilt’, how it can show up in our lives and provide exercises and activities to help reduce its power.
In this post I discuss a forthcoming four-part series covering the four most prominent emotions carers experience: guilt, resentment, grief and anger and explore how Emotional Resilience can help manage difficult emotions.