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Irish Independent - Health & Living - - MIND YOURSELF -

AC­KNOWL­EDGE YOUR EMO­TIONS

Lots of car­ers talk about ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a real sense of re­ward from what they do, says Tay­lor. “Many car­ers are very in­volved and very happy in their roles,” she says, adding that not ev­ery­one feels like that all the time, though: “Some peo­ple may feel re­sent­ful or to­tally over­whelmed. There will be days when you feel fed up, guilty, an­gry or re­sent­ful. This is okay.”

Be­ing able to pick up your phone and vent to some­body who will un­der­stand is very im­por­tant, she em­pha­sises. Join­ing a car­ers’ sup­port group will pro­vide a safe en­vi­ron­ment in which to ex­press how you are feel­ing: “It is an en­vi­ron­ment with like-minded peo­ple; it is a safe place to talk about the dif­fi­cult emo­tions that you are feel­ing in the knowl­edge that oth­ers will have felt that way.”

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