In recent weeks on the news, in newspapers, perhaps in your classes, and even among your peers, you are witnessing and experiencing different types of relationships. You are hopefully discovering and even changing those relationships that are unhealthy for you. Who you associate with is within your control.
However, what about family? We have a choice for friendships; at a young age, we don't have a choice in family. And sometimes it's not only your loved one who is ill that frustrates you, it could even be a sibling or other family member!
As a caregiver who is also juggling school work, you may feel frustrations from time to time. You are not alone - even among adult family caregivers, frustration is the number one emotion experienced!
So, frustrations go with caregiving; it is a given! How you handle the frustrations is your choice and the better you become, the stronger foundation you will have for successfully handling any type of frustration that presents itself in your future; frustrations and challenges are part of life!
Determine if your feelings are from the circumstance you are in or is it from a less than healthy relationship with another person. If it is from another person, think about how you are going to manage your feelings; take some deep breaths; be calm and keep from shouting. Take a moment to consider what the other person is feeling. What is it like to walk in his/her shoes? This is especially important when there is a sudden change (and not for the better) in a person's health status.
If you are feeling frustrated with yourself, know that is also normal and again, something YOU can change! Apologize if you have hurt someone. Forgive a person if he or she has hurt you; forgiveness brings freedom, even for you.
Perhaps your frustration is from your circumstances in which there are challenges that are larger than you know how to deal with. Whatever the source of your frustration, feel free to speak confidentially with your CYP Family Specialist who is assigned to your school or call the CYP office (561.391.7401) to discuss this and any concerns you have as you care for your family member(s). Together we will help you and your family. We will work with you to reduce your frustrations and manage your circumstances so you can be your best - academically and personally!