The emotional toll from caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease can have dire consequences on your own health. Managing your emotions as a caregiver is critical to your long-term survival.
By now in life, I’m sure you have experienced every emotion at one time or another. Typically, however, we don’t experience a wave of various emotions on a regular basis.
Meaning, on a given day, we don’t experience guilt, joy, sadness, grief, resentment, anger, followed by more of the same. Unfortunately, as an Alzheimer’s caregiver, that is likely to change.
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If not managed properly, this roller coaster of emotions will without a doubt lead to health problems. As my friend Lynne Smith states, “When you hear that 85% of Alzheimer’s caregivers are on anti-depressants, you pretty much know you MUST do something to help yourself.” And, I’ll add, if you don’t, you will likely end up a statistic.
But there is help. You just need to take it seriously and invest the time to be helped. I have found a wonderful resource that I wish to share with you. At HelpGuide.org, they have an Emotional Intelligence Toolkit (you can find the link at bottom of this article).
At first, I had no clue what this meant but in the search to find you good resources, I investigated.
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This toolkit includes short videos (3 to 4 minutes) coupled with articles. This content is aimed at helping you recognize your emotional situations and take control. I know that when we are in the throws of a tough situation, keeping our wits is not easy.
Counting backwards from 10 has never helped me. But according to the toolkit, I haven’t yet discovered the thing that does help me cope. I believe with awareness and effort, over time you (we) can improve.
Let’s introduce you to the toolkit by having you watch their 4 minute introductory video.
1. Emotions Matter — HiRez from Helpguide.org on Vimeo
Hopefully, you found this worth your time. If so, I highly recommend that you continue with their program. It will take some time, so break it up into smaller pieces but complete it and live it!
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