03-04-2018 04:24 PM
It's not uncommon to worry about a loved one, but it becomes a problem if it impacts our day to day life.
Does anxiety spike when you have to leave your loved one to go to work each day?
Have you stopped going out with friends because you're worried about leaving your loved one at home?
While the desire to stay at home and keep an eye on a loved one may help you control your anxiety in the short term, allowing it to stop you doing things that help your own mental health can be damaging in the long run.
During this Topic Tuesday we'll open the floor to hear how worry and anxiety about your loved one has impacted your life and share techniques and strategies so you don't compromise your own mental health.
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24-04-2018 06:58 PM - edited 24-04-2018 07:04 PM
Welcome to tonight’s Topic Tuesday about feeling anxious when being away from a loved one who you are caring for.
Tonight is about being around those who are in the same boat, sharing your own experiences and sharing what’s worked (and what hasn’t!) for you.
I thought we could kick off by saying hi and a bit about yourself and the loved one you care for.
For those who are new to Topic Tuesday - hit the 'reply' button if you want to contribute. Don't forget to hit the 'refresh' page to get the most up to date posts.
24-04-2018 07:03 PM
24-04-2018 07:05 PM
👋🏻 Hi @Darcy 🙂
24-04-2018 07:05 PM
24-04-2018 07:08 PM
24-04-2018 07:09 PM
24-04-2018 07:09 PM
Welcome @Tanglefoot - so pleased you could join us!
I look forward to hearing more about your experiences and wisdom throughout the night, and I hope you find tonight helpful!
We'll hold off for a couple of minutes to see if anyone else jumps in.
24-04-2018 07:13 PM
Great to 'see' you tonight
24-04-2018 07:15 PM
We may get some people join in along the way, which is totally fine
So let's kick off!
For many, fear, concern and worry about a loved one is always present, even when we’re not with the person we support and care for.
For some it might keep us up at night, while for others it might occupy their minds while they are at work or while socializing with others. Our thoughts are occupied with wondering how they are going, hoping they are okay and safe.
These feelings of worry, concern and sometimes anxiety, can be particularly present when the loved one isn’t around.
Is this something that you have experienced? Is it a constant thing or every now & then? Have there been particular areas of your life this has impacted you?
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