Expected Emotions For Caregivers During COVID-19: It’s OK

Original Publishing Date: April 10, 2020
Publisher: SELF
Author: Anna Borges

“People are going through the whole spectrum of emotions right now… no matter what you feel.. it is a valid response to this truly wild experience.”

While everyone is facing distress during this crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic has added to the existing pressure that family caregivers and healthcare professionals face in their lives. They are now overwhelmed with caring for their patients along with the increased burden of keeping the virus away.

Family caregivers are facing new challenges which may cause more anxiety making them more angry and confused. While healthcare workers want to continue to serve, they are filled with anger due to the lack of proper safety equipment. Many are now facing burnout which can increase their risk of stress, depression and anxiety. They may face self- doubt and might need assurance from family and friends.

“How you choose to spend this time is up to you and cannot be compared to how others are spending this time.” 

The article highlights a few feelings caregivers might experience during this uncertain situation, few of them being survivor’s guilt, grief, lack of motivation and trauma among others. It is important to understand that this not the time to compete in productivity but rather an opportunity to relax.

There is a constant fear of the unknown and caregivers tend to over think a lot during this period. Talking to other caregivers and listening and sharing can help one understanding these feelings better.

To read the full article click here: https://www.self.com/story/pandemic-therapy-trends

 

 

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