By Ellen Bard
Do you ever forget to take care of yourself?
I know. You’re busy, and finding the time to take proper care of yourself can be hard. But if you don’t, it won’t be long before you’re battered from exhaustion and operating in a mental fog where it’s hard to care about anything or anyone.
Training provided by Right Turn
Life is full of good times and challenging times. Whether it is work, family, or friends, sometimes a little reprieve and rejuvenation is needed. Lighten your burden for an hour by learning the importance of laughter. One of the most important tasks of parenting is learning to take good care of yourself so you can in turn take good care of your children. Learn how laughter affects the brain and become skilled in the ability to conquer compassion fatigue. “It has been shown that, when we are suffering from Compassion Fatigue, we work more rather than less”, Dr. Charles Figley. Join us in learning how to work less and laugh more.
Coloring book by Sue Badeau
If you find peace in coloring, there is an adult coloring book specifically for parents caring for children who have experienced trauma.
Article from Family Caregiver Alliance National Center on Caregiving
"Many people with symptoms of depression don’t describe themselves as feeling depressed. Some people don’t recognize the symptoms in themselves, while others may have a hard time admitting they feel depressed. It can be embarrassing to talk about. An individual may feel like a failure or that people will judge them. But here’s what you need to know: for caregivers, depression is more common than you might think, and it’s a normal response to a difficult situation. It is not unusual for caregivers to develop mild or more serious depression as a result of the constant demands they face while providing care..."
This website will help answer:
Who is at risk for secondary trauma?
What are some common symptoms of secondary trauma?
Why should organizations be concerned about secondary trauma and its impact on their staff?
People working in the helping field are subject to conditions that can lead to depletion or even impairment, such as the emotionally intense nature of the helping relationship and increasingly heavy case loads. Receiving support from others can replenish us and reduce our vulnerability to professional stress (White, 1986). In addition, social support has been positively correlated with improved health and mental health outcomes (Cobb, 1976), and shown to be a positive factor in making healthy lifestyle changes (Hanna, 2002; Prochaska et al, 1994).
BY DENISE CLARK | Last Updated 9.26.2017
Although caregiving is a uniquely rewarding experience, it is also a mentally and physically demanding job. Without proper support, it can take a toll on your health and your psyche. Burnout is a caregiver’s worst enemy, but resources like counseling can help you provide high-quality care and achieve emotional stability.
Too busy to take care of yourself? These talks offer simple ways to stay healthy — both emotionally and physically.