Carers and Caring
A carer is someone who voluntarily looks after a family member, friend or neighbour who has a disability or long-term illness. This can range from a few hours a week (such as doing shopping, cleaning and checking in) to providing constant care on a daily basis.
Caring can give many rewards and provide the carer with a sense of making a real difference to someone else’s life. However, it can become overwhelming and lead to feelings of isolation and exhaustion.
You may find that you are spending less time caring for yourself and your own needs or socialising less and losing touch with your friends. It may be that you do not have time, or make time to pursue hobbies and interests. In some cases you may even find that you are losing your own identity. You might be emotionally affected or find that the needs of the person you care for are changing and creating uncertainty about the future. These and other situations can create anxiety and feelings of being overwhelmed.
Anna can help you to identify how your caring duties are affecting your life and whether these will change in the future. Together you will explore your reasons for being a carer and whether there are other options available to you to reduce the impact it has on your life. You will also be encouraged to consider ways to improve your own self-care and ensure that your own needs are also being met.
Using CBT Anna will help you to emotionally step back from the person you care for and re-connect with your own identity. She will challenge you to explore the benefits of increasing your self-care activities and how to improve these where possible. You will also be encouraged to create time to enjoy yourself without feeling guilty.