Currently in the UK there are 6.5 million carers and due to our society living longer, it is more than likely that the number of carers will rise in the next few years. Care givers are defined as people who care for someone that may be disabled, ill , the elderly or someone who is struggling with a mental health illness. Care givers are anyone who help others in their day to day life and this can be a family member or a friend. Caring may be required round the clock, or it may only be required a few hours a week
Although being cared for by a friend or family member maybe the best option for person being cared for, it can take quite a toll emotionally and physically on the care giver. Caring for somebody can be an exhausting task and regardless of how much time is spent caring for them, it can impact on your life in a huge way.
The responsibility of carers have will depend on the illness of the person they are caring for but it can involve anything from feeding, shopping, clothing or taking them out and about. Juggling care with responsibilities such as work and family life can be difficult and it is common for carers to suffer from stress, anxiety and depression
Caring for some means that a huge amount of your time is spent on others. Be U counselling Service, based in Poole, Dorset offers you, as a carer a space to talk about your thoughts and your feelings in a safe, confidential environment. It allows you time to think about your needs and can make you make sense of your emotions and develop coping mechanisms which you can use throughout the day. Talking therapy can be extremely beneficial to you, as you can learn relaxation techniques and how to carry out self care.