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In this modern era, you can find a community in anything you do. Whether it’s a specific hobby or something more profound – you’re not alone. Let’s face the facts: sometimes, it’s hard to care for someone for many years. Eventually, you start to feel lonely, and the burnout begins.
Enter support groups.
Luckily, like-minded people all over the map are going through (or have been through) a similar experience. Chances are, they can help you navigate any difficult situations and lend you an ear whenever you need it.
So, let’s talk about it. For additional tips on finding a community, listen to the CareWalks podcast, created in partnership between Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel and iHeartRadio.
How can finding a community help avoid burnout?
Talking out your emotions is a huge help when it comes to preventing burnout. Now, imagine talking about these exact feelings regarding caregiving to someone who has been in your position. Being able to lean on others who understand what it’s like to be a caregiver can help alleviate feelings of loneliness and in turn, can play a role in helping to avoid burnout.
What’s a support group?
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Support groups bring together people who are going through or have gone through similar experiences. For example, this common ground might be cancer, chronic medical conditions, addiction, bereavement, or caregiving.” It’s basically your go-to people that understand what you’re talking about.
Where to find a support group?
There are two ways to get in touch with caregiver support groups. First, decide if you’re more comfortable with in-person or online support groups. There’s no correct answer – it depends on your comfort levels.
If you’re looking for an in-person group, you can search online “caregiver support groups near me,” and options will come up. If you’re interested in an online support group, you can start searching at the Family Caregiver Alliance, and choose which resource seems like the best fit.
There’s nothing wrong with finding a niche community that understands the role of a caregiver. It’ll bring you peace and a sense of belonging, especially once you recognize that you’re not alone in this journey.