Carer burnout is more common than you may think and should be taken seriously. It can impact your health, your happiness, and your relationship with your loved one. Carer burnout has a few main causes; Carers are busy, many are also parents and employees, so they’re always jumping from task to task. Carers are always on duty, they often live with their loved one are always waiting for the next task or request. This makes it difficult to relax. Carers can also be lonely, many
There is nothing more valuable in life than good friends. No matter how old you are, we all need human contact – it’s key to our well-being. Friendship transcends money, status, and reputation and while friendship is important at every stage in life, it is especially vital in later years. By staying in touch and sharing experiences with others, it makes it possible for seniors to remain active, mentally alert, and connected to life. Without a friend or close relative to provi
Are you thinking of a new career, perhaps you are considering becoming a support worker? Did you know that not only is it a rewarding career but also has proven benefits for your health and well-being? People who care for others well-being seem to be happier and less depressed. This seems to be especially true in older individuals. Most people who provide care and support to others do so because of a genuine desire to help and improve the world around them. Nonetheless, moder
We take well-being seriously at Quality Health Care. We know that improving workers' well-being has a payoff to our company through improved resilience, increased productivity, commitment and levels of engagement. In its simplest form, well-being is our ability to feel good and function effectively. This is our physical, mental and social health; and it is more than being free from illness or disease. By adopting a positive approach to well-being, organisations can also enjo
Our thoughts – or the way that we interpret events in our life (past, present or future) – are integral to whether we emotionally feel stressed. Most of our thoughts are unconscious (i.e., below our level of awareness); however, with practice and over time you can train yourself to be more aware of your thoughts. When you are having a stress-related thought, ask yourself: “is this thought serving a useful function?” Ask yourself how accurate & valid your appraisal is of a str
It can be difficult to stay positive when challenging situations present themselves, but a positive outlook is often key to overcoming adversity. It’s not uncommon to feel frustrated or helpless while caring for a loved one who is suffering, however positive energy is often a much more effective strategy when it comes to playing a supportive role. Positive thinking can also greatly benefit your emotional health, it has a way of energising you and helping you through the day.
Working in a caring field – as a support worker, counsellor, nurse, psychologist etc. is highly rewarding. As carers we make a significant positive impact on the lives of others. Yet it is also emotionally demanding and challenging. If we don’t attend proactively and effectively to our own care, we risk ‘burn-out’. Imagine a balloon-Now imagine this balloon as if it were you (your mind and your body). The balloon represents your capacity to cope with everything life throws at