Wise Words Wednesday.....Building Emotional Resilience
Posted on 22nd August 2017 at 21:45
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom” – Victor Frankl
Did you know that chronic stress can shorten your life span by 4 to 8 years?
When I came across this research, I was particularly interested because it related to caregivers. I’ve been a carer for most of my life. Firstly, for my younger brother who had Muscular Dystrophy and died at the age of 32 years and now for my mother for the past seven years.
The reality is being a carer is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it can be very rewarding and on the other hand it can be very challenging and stressful.
As a carer, the emotions I experience can swing from one extreme to another. Feelings of frustration, resentment and despair when I feel a loss of personal freedom on one side. On the other side feelings of compassion, kindness and love for my mother knowing she has lost all of her independence and much more.