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Mind-Body and Immune System Studies

The field of psychoneuroimmunology (“psycho” for psychology; “neuro” for neurology, or nervous system; and “immunology” for immunity) began in 1964 after George Solomon a psychiatrist saw that rheumatoid arthritis worsened when people were depressed and this led him to investigate the impact of emotions on inflammation and immune function in general. Continue reading

Caregiver Stress Weakens Immune System

A study by scientists at Ohio State University suggests that caregiver stress weakens the immune system by affecting a critical pathway in the immune system in the long term. This results in chronic health problems like heart disease, arthritis, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. They also found that reduced immunity brought on by caregiver stress continued even long after they ceased to be Carers. So Care-giving may have important implications for future health and costs of provision from a service perspective. Continue reading

Carers Workshop – Learning to Live & Care

Many people now find themselves in the position of caring for an elderly relative either within their own home or close by. Some are also caring for young children. Whilst care within a family can sound like the ideal provision, the stress and strains placed on the Carer are enormous and can result in various health and emotional problems. Having had personal and professional experience of Caring and Care Givers I have put together a two day workshop and follow up personal counseling session for each participant, details follow below but if you would like more background information and research go to How a Caregivers Immune System is weakened. Continue reading

Health and the Mind Body Link

The mind body link is the link between our emotions and our physical body.

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Mind Body Link

Certain emotions have been linked to disease. So for example, if you tend to be angry or hostile you may be increasing your risk for coronary heart disease, obesity (particularly having excess fat around the waist), insulin resistance (which can lead to diabetes), and abnormal cholesterol (specifically, high triglycerides and low HDL the good kind of cholesterol). Continue reading

When is it going to be my Turn? …

Dear Gillian,

All my life I have worked hard and always paid my way and helped others. I am a single mother and I find life almost intolerable as I care for my elderly mother and two children.  I work part time and find that by the time I have finished work, cooked, cleaned and cared for everyone else there is no time for me. Even if I did have the time I certainly would not have the energy to do anything. I love my family but feel so tired of it all”. When is it going to be my turn? Continue reading

Loss, grief, guilt and sadness …

Dear Gillian,

After my mother died I took care of my father for more years than I want to think about.  He was ok initially and then after several strokes he went into a home because he needed full time care, I work and have two children. He just wasn’t “my Dad” anymore and yet I still went through the motions – the visits, the one sided conversations (as he did not seem to respond).  My heart would sink every time I thought about him, his situation or visiting the home, I really wanted it all to end.  He recently died and far from feeling relieved and free I feel guilty and so sad. I don’t know why I am writing to you but just wanted something, maybe reassurance”. Continue reading

I am 50 and feel I have no future …

Dear Gillian,

I stumbled across your website at just the right moment: as you say, the universe sends us what we need! I turned 50 earlier this year and the whole process of looking backwards and realising that I have far more of a past behind me than future in front of me has raised a lot of sadness. I feel I have no future, Continue reading

My friend keeps making the same mistakes, she may be an alcoholic …

Dear Gillian,

I have a friend of many years who just keeps making the same mistakes again and again.  I really care about her but I am so tired of getting the late night telephone calls, hearing about what has happened now in her relationship or just how bad everything is.  I quite often end up covering for her.  Continue reading

I don’t want to play “doormat Wife” anymore …

Dear Gillian,

I am very very overwhelmed and stressed out. I have a two year old daughter who is a handful, a new puppy, and a newly disabled dog to care for. I work 4 days a week and my husband and I have been snapping at each other. I feel that nothing I ever do is good enough for him, Continue reading