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Learning from our emotions

Our emotions are messages to which we need to listen. They exist for a reason. However negative or painful, our feelings are useful tools for understanding what is happening to us. Even feelings such as guilt, anger and resentment contain important messages. Learn from them, and then take appropriate action.

For example, when you cannot enjoy activities you previously enjoyed, and your emotional pain over-shadows all pleasure, it is time to seek help—especially if you are having thoughts of suicide. Speaking with your GP is the first step. It may be a support to ring the Samaritans at free phone 116 123 or to contact a support organisation.

Caregiving often involves a range of emotions. Some feelings are more comfortable than others. When you find that your emotions are intense, they might mean the following:

  • That you need to make a change in your caregiving situation.
  • That you are grieving a loss.
  • That you are experiencing increased stress.
  •  That you need to be assertive and ask for what you need.

Remember everyone needs help and support sometimes. It’s strength to be able to ask for that help.