Taking care of a person with an illness or disability can stir up some complicated emotions. You may have great days when you feel a deep sense of fulfillment and connection. You will have hard days, filled with guilt, grief, or anger. You might even have conflicting feelings, like love and resentment, at the same time.
No two caregiving experiences are the same. What triggers one person may not be an issue for another. It is important to know there is no formula for what you feel or when. And there are no feelings you “should” or “shouldn’t” have. Emotions just arise whether you want them to or not.
It helps to know the kinds of feelings that might come up, how to recognize them, and what you can do to manage them. Find out more on the following pages!
From being unappreciated to feeling trapped, caregiving stress can set off your anger. You might lose your temper or shout something that you normally would not do.
What you can do: If it happens, forgive yourself. Step away if you need to or take a few breaths to center yourself.