Being a Caregiver is Challenging
Caregivers face unique challenges every day. The significance of caring for a loved one hands on at home, in a care facility, or from miles and miles away, is great and can feel insurmountable. We are not all doctors and nurses, yet somehow you have become one. You are inundated with medical jargon and flooded with worry about how to manage your loved one’s health, finances, and more. When was the last time you took time out for yourself? Had lunch with a friend? Went to a doctor appointment for your own health needs? You are not alone. Counseling can help you learn how to be the calm in the chaos, manage stress, and prevent caregiver burnout. Seeking help is not weakness, it is strengthening your support. No one does this alone, why should you?
Signs of Caregiver Burnout
- Feeling out of your league or overwhelmed with caregiving
- Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy
- Changes in appetite – eating too much or too little
- Neglect of basic needs – hygiene, hydration, health etc.
- Lack of, or inability to, sleep
- Pulling away or withdrawing from friends or family
- Having little energy
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling like your emotions are out of control
Counseling Can Help You as a Caregiver
Caregiving does not cause mental illness, but it is not uncommon for caregivers to experience depression, anxiety, and stress. Depending on your loved one’s illness, you may already be grieving and struggling with how to process all of this. In counseling, you can learn mindfulness techniques to remain calmly present, even in the midst of chaos. You will manage crises with coping skills based on your values. You will build your support system and learn that self-care does not always mean bubble baths, it often means meeting your basic needs and building boundaries for your own health. In doing so, you will refill the caregiving cup, and restore a sense of balance between your life roles.
Begin Counseling for Caregivers in Mid Missouri
You are used to giving the help, but you deserve support too. If you are ready to invest in yourself, our caring therapists are here to help. At our counseling clinic in Columbia, we have therapists who understand the unique challenges caregivers face. You deserve support too and will be more helped to your loved one when you own cup is full. To begin counseling, simply follow these steps:
- Contact Aspire Counseling today.
- Set up a free consultation with one of our caring therapists.
- Begin refilling your own cup and find balance in your life.
Other Counseling Services at Aspire Counseling
At Aspire Counseling in Columbia, MO we believe healing begins when you look past hurts, current obstacles and future worries directly in the eye and can confidently say, “I’ve got this.” Therefore, our compassionate therapists provide a variety of mental health services designed to give our clients the tools they need to achieve emotional wellness. Our therapeutic services include counseling for caregivers, counseling for chronic illness, postpartum counseling, grief and loss therapy, counseling for teens, counseling for college students, counseling for adults, trauma and PTSD therapy, EMDR therapy, counseling for sexual assault and rape, anxiety therapy, counseling for depression, LGTBQ affirming counseling services, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Additionally, our blog features information on a variety of mental health topics. To learn more about our services and the ways we can help you, please contact our Columbia, MO counseling office!