I wanted to speak about carers as it is Carers week in the UK (7-13 June). Caring for someone else is looking after needs of another person when they are unable to do it for themselves. This can take many forms perhaps you are looking after a parent or grandparent that suffers from dementia or ill health. Maybe your partner has cancer, or you could be a parent or carer of a child who has learning difficulties or mental health issues.

Caring can often hold difficult decisions which may lead to feelings of guilt as it may feel that you need to relinquish some responsibilities. Caring can be draining it often brings a sense of feeling overwhelmed. There can be difficulty in trying to balance your caring duties with the other aspects of your life, such as work, family and looking after your own needs.

Working with carers I have had the privilege of listening to stories and the struggles that people face. I hear that the support in systems that is offered is often not personalised enough for individuals, therefore, leaving the carer to fill the gap. It maybe that the cared for is being placed in situations which don’t really match their needs. I hear the frustration of the form filling and the waiting. I hear the anxiety faced in trying to keep someone they care for safe. I hear the sadness of the loss of the person that once was. I also hear the excitement of when a carer has had some free time and the difference it has made to have some time out for themselves. I also hear the feelings shared and the relief that is being felt to have someone hear them.

If you are a carer or know someone who is, then I may be able to give you the space and support you need to look after your own emotional wellbeing. Please get in touch to see how we can work together, [email protected]

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