Emotional Support

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Being a carer is a responsibility that can be very stressful and emotionally draining. You may feel angry at the lack of understanding, guilty for seeking support or upset because your relationship with the person you care for has changed. Many carers also feel isolated or lonely.  

Caring can be a whirlwind of emotions even before breakfast and then you try to carry on with your day – often by bottling up those feelings just to get through. Other factors like tiredness, financial pressure, having a family or juggling work can turn the whirlwind into a hurricane. These feelings are normal and understandable, but they need to be acknowledged and channelled into a less destructive path.  

At times you may be able to work through your emotions by doing something creative or active, but other times it may be that you need to talk or have someone else understand how you are feeling. This kind of emotional support can be provided by a friend or family member, someone you feel comfortable and safe opening up to. When these people are not available or they are too close to the situation, you may find that speaking to a member of our team, who understands your caring role, is best.  

Whether it’s a one-off conversation or a regular chat every few weeks, Portsmouth Carers Service is here to support you: to listen; to help explore your feelings and to see if there is anything that can be put in place to help alleviate the stress – your emotional support can be tailored to best meet your needs.  

Emotional Support via Facebook and Instagram

Sometimes it can help to know you are not alone, not the only one experiencing these feelings or in this kind of situation. Using our social media channels can help you maintain a virtual distance but allow you to feel connected. This can be reassuring and build trust. In time, many carers then feel able to have a conversation on the phone or even in person.

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