@Mai-Tatoy If your friend is caregiver see that he/she spend sometime for self care. Like - exercise , hobby , relax outing . You can take your friend for a cup of coffee which makes a lot of difference for caregivers stress relief. Sometime if you can spend some time with the patient which will also be a relief to him/her. Support group is another option which gives lots of insight to dealing with the situation. Suggest to join , if any Rehabilitation program around for their loved one (patient) will be definitely benefits by that .posted in Mental Health
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RE: How can I support my friend who is a caregiver?
RE: How do we avoid caregiver burnout? How can we help manage caregiver stress?@lynnchan1 Caregivers constant involvement with patient at when reaches at saturation point — that is a warning sign— if there personal limitations of handling the situation. Before it comes caregivers has to understand or prepare for themselves that this is a life long or long term situation which need to be planned and deal with the intention of patient as well as self care . Like with other family members or some outside support which can give relief in between . Try to join peer group support system. Which can be a great relief. Try to talk to people who can understand you. Don't shy away from sharing what you are feeling or going through. As a caregiver unburden yourself is too important.posted in Mental Health
RE: How difficult is it to become a caregiver in an environment that considers mental illness taboos and belittles caregiver?@lynnchan1 Less or more but Mental illness has taboo world over , people are bound to talk but we have to see what is good for our loved one ( sick person ) Exceptance is a major key—-Once you (caregivers ) except then you become stronger to face others . People talks due to lack of awareness but now you are aware & strengthen your self . Your confidence- of dealing makes you bold then you will be able to answer or avoid if you don’t want to answer it’s ok —but don’t let it get effected by anyone’s Say . Believe me only first time requires a guts but then it start becoming easier & easier.posted in Mental Health
RE: How do caregivers overcome their anxieties when the person they are caring for get a relapse from their recovery?@lynnchan1 Generally relapse creates a frustrating situation . It also gives a feeling of never ending problem. Hopelessness, negative thoughts, too much of anxiety,low feelings creates depression also . But at that time it requires to understand & except the situation that—it’s bound to be there , we have to think how & what can be done. Also except that 100 % solution is not possible. Try your best & rest live to destiny because everything is not possible in one person’s limits. Let go things sometimes. Don’t try to make it perfect or micro manage things . Give task ( Pt.) which will give — the time involvement, Scene of responsibility, self respect , physical activity along with mental occupancy in a concrete and constructive manner. These Will diffidently takes towards the growth path .posted in Mental Health