Staying Strong: Exploring Ways You Can Cope With Caregiver Stress

Caring for loved ones can be very stressful. Even the strongest and most resilient individuals struggle with caregiver stress. In my practice as a marriage and family therapist in Dubai and certified Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) couple’s therapist in Dubai, I frequently work with individuals who struggle with caregiver stress. Marriage counseling, couple’s therapy, and relationship coaching all help individuals learn ways to cope with caregiver stress.

A caregiver is someone who helps others in need such as an ill child or an aging parent. Caregiving can be very rewarding when you see the impact it has on your loved ones, however, it can also be very draining and stressful. As a Family Therapist and Couples Therapist, I usually explain to my clients that it is important to receive the support they need. Caregivers can suffer emotionally, financially, socially, and psychologically and this can have negative implications on their health. 

As a couple’s therapist and family therapist in Dubai, I can tell the signs of caregiver stress on my clients. They usually struggle from lack of sleep, loss of interest in social activities, weight fluctuation and constantly feeling tired, overwhelmed, and sad. Excessive caregiver stress over a long period of time increases your health risks and medical problems. The good news is that there are ways to stay strong and cope with caregiver stress. 

Ways to Cope with Caregiver Stress

  • Accept Support

It is ok to accept help. We all need help. Learn to accept help from anyone who offers it without feeling guilty or reach out for support from your friends or family or even a therapist. You can even join a support group that could provide you with validation and problem-solving strategies.

  • Take Small Steps

Try to break big tasks into smaller steps that you can do. You could even make a To-Do list and learn to take it slowly day by day. Do not accept extra work if your plate is already full and you have enough to do in a day. 

  • Manage Expectations 

It is extremely important that you manage your expectations of yourself and of others. Lower the bar of expectations if it is too high and start being realistic about what you can do and about your goals. Understand that you are human, and you have your own limitations and that is normal.

If You Are a Caregiver and You Are Having a Hard Time, Book Your Marriage Counseling and Couples Therapy Now

If you would like to do marriage counseling, family therapy, or individual therapy to support you during times of caregiving stress, now is the time to be proactive and get engaged in couples counseling and couples’ therapy. Marriage and family therapy help you strengthen your relationship with your partner and your family members. Marriage and family therapy also helps you become better partners and parents for your children. It is essential to understand that involving an experienced, caring, and non-judgmental couples’ therapist can make a huge difference. As a Marriage and Family Therapist based in Dubai, I work with couples from all over the world to overcome the challenges they face in their relationship. Marriage counseling in Dubai and Couples therapy in Dubai is incredibly effective. If you are searching for a professional and a highly qualified marriage counselor and couple’s therapist, an ICEEFT certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist (EFT) in Dubai, to help you get through your difficult times, please reach out to me. I meet my clients face to face in my office in Dubai or do marriage and family counseling online via zoom. If you are anywhere in the world and feel like speaking to a Family and Couples Counselor and doing couples therapy at the convenience of your home, please contact me at ds@daliasheiha.com or WhatsApp me on 00971502369395.

 

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