When you start looking after someone, it can often begin with picking up more chores and assistance around the house. But this can change as their health deteriorates over time. Anyone can quickly become the main source of support for a family member, friend or with advanced physical or mental health conditions.
Since the pandemic, more people than ever are providing crucial care at home. After a year of reduced services and shielding, many are suffering from increased stress, isolation and health issues of their own.
This is exactly the case for local , Mike. He cares for his wife who has coronary artery disease and early-stage vascular dementia. He has been caring for his wife for many has recently been struggling with his own health problems too.
Mike needed to find a way to balance caring for his wife alongside reducing his own stress and anxiety. Mike signed up for a mindfulness course provided by local charity, Support Centre. The charity runs a range of courses and training events for . They are all delivered to give better coping strategies and are completely free of charge.
Since the Covid crisis, the charity has moved their training online and Mike is just one to benefit from Support Centre’s online training.
He recently attended two mindfulness workshops, which introduce to techniques that focus on being ‘in the moment’, relaxed and receptive. He says:
“The workshops have been an absolute godsend. I’ve been able to concentrate more easily from home, than if I’d been in an in-person situation. And I can still hear other thoughts and ideas without having to leave my wife alone for too long.
I am already using some of the meditation techniques from the workshops and certainly feel more positive as a result. I can see benefits both for my own health and for my ability to care patiently, effectively and kindly for my wife.”
Support Centre runs a variety of training sessions, from ‘Caring and understanding dementia’ and ‘Living with loss and change’ to healthy eating and sleep workshops. have told the charity that the training has a major impact, giving them confidence and enabling them to regain a sense of control over their lives.
To find out about upcoming courses and workshops for , visit the Support Centre website or call .
: 0117 965 2200