What is compassion fatigue and how it can affect unpaid and working carers?

What is compassion fatigue and how it can affect unpaid and working carers?

This week I am exploring what the term ‘Compassion Fatigue’ means in the caring context, why it is important to recognise its effect on your physical and psychological wellbeing and provide some activities to manage and reduce it.

How to speak to your employer about being a carer

How to speak to your employer about being a carer

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.

“What a special thing it is that you do”

“What a special thing it is that you do”

For this festive post, I hope you can join me in celebrating how special you are, in caring for a loved one, often without recognition. Wherever you are in the world, the act of caring for another human being, is one of the most powerful and activities we are capable of.

Building emotional resilience as a carer series – Part 3 – Grief

Building emotional resilience as a carer series – Part 3 – Grief

In this third part of a four-part series on building emotional resilience, I am talking about ‘carers’ grief’, how it is different to bereavement grief and outline some practical resources to help you to manage it.

Building emotional resilience as a carer series – Part 1 – Guilt

Building emotional resilience as a carer series – Part 1 – Guilt

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.

Introduction to the 4-part building emotional resilience as a carer series

Introduction to the 4-part building emotional resilience as a carer series

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.