Here you can find some links to writing submitted to Psychreg

Self-Care for Carers

It is important to assess how you are emotionally coping with not only what is expected of you as a carer, but also the situation at hand. Your loved one is in distress or discomfort and it is a great responsibility for you to have to alleviate pain or to witness it on a day to day basis. While in times of hardship we may feel we’re coping on autopilot, it is crucial to take time to breathe and to mentally process the events taking place. Finding someone to talk to or reaching out to a support group is a great step to open the flood gates in a more controlled manner than letting it build to the point of feeling totally weighed down by the circumstance.

Improving Emotional Relationships as a Carer

However, sitting back and looking at the bigger picture, the emotional relationship you hold with the person you’re caring for is a huge factor in bringing well-being to everyday life. We all know what it’s like to live in a negative bubble where you hold a dysfunctional relationship with someone, so why ignore it when caring for someone is so much bigger than feeling depressed about the change in circumstance. It is imperative therefore to confront this challenge and to introduce exercises and time that will help recognise the true value of your relationship outside that of carer and patient.

Identifying and Improving Mental Health in Lung Disease

The British Lung Foundation estimates that approximately 10,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with a lung disease each week with 1 in 5 dealing with a long-term respiratory illness, most of which are progressive with irreversible damage and little choice of treatments to improve symptoms or quality of life. It goes without saying that our lungs play a major role within our anatomical process and if the pulmonary system were to depreciate, it would dramatically affect our overall lifestyle. Mobility and strength weakens as oxygen levels deteriorate, lung capacity will decrease which means that shorter and sharper breaths and regular exacerbations or shortness of breath episodes are known to increase the risk of anxiety.