Stress Management For Carers


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By Jessica M Smyrl

ISBN: 978-1-84991-253-2
Published: 2010
Pages: 78
Key Themes: self help, carers, stress management, anxiety, support



A great resource and self-help book for any carer who is feeling under stress or is anxious. There are lots of very useful tips and activities to try. It can be read right through or picked up and used to help and support when needed.

About the Author

Jessica Smyrl is a qualified nurse, midwife, Stress Management Consultant and Trainer. She runs a Stress Management Consultancy, Training and coaching business in Glasgow.

Jessica and her sister cared for their mother whilst they both worked full-time which was on occasion difficult to cope with. After their mother passed away in March 2006, Jessica volunteered with a local carers’ charity for about two years mainly giving telephone support to carers.

In 2009, Jessica founded Your Stress Management and her first business break was when the charity she was volunteering with were looking for a stress management consultant and training provider. They asked Jessica initially to carry out some consultancy and then provide training to carers. This was an excellent opportunity for Jessica as she was able to combine her role as a carer, volunteer and stress management expert to develop and deliver specific stress management training for carers.

“Stress Management for Carers” was written by Jessica as she found that many of the issues and problems which she had as a carer had not changed. Most of these issues were still extremely frustrating for carers today, so she felt that a self-help book would give some support and much needed help to carers.

Book Extract

Chapter 1 – What is stress?

There is no medical definition for stress, but this is one that clearly defines stress:

“Stress is a threat to the quality of life and to physical and psychological well-being”
(Tom Cox)

Stress is affecting most of us because of the speed of life, and stress is in fact a symptom which is caused by too much pressure. Stress means that we get to a certain point when we are unable to cope with pressure; this is often the case with carers, who experience so many demands in caring, as well as those of everyday life. Incidents of stress are increasing and it affects most people, with a high percentage of illnesses being attributed to stress. It can compromise the immune system, leading to more colds and infections, and over a long period of time can cause various aches and pains. In particular these may be musculo-skeletal: painful shoulders, or a sore neck or back.
There is growing evidence that stress is an important factor in the development of some diseases and conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma, migraine, diabetes, ulcers, insomnia, and coronary heart disease. It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms so that you can take action before illness develops from long-term periods of stress.

A reaction to stress can be either a physical or a psychological response to a stressor, and could be headaches, inability to sleep, anxiety, and depression. Prolonged exposure to stress is linked to anxiety and depression, as well as to physical conditions such as heart disease, back pain and headaches.
As a carer, it is important to look after yourself and in particular your emotional and physical health. A build-up of pressure can result in feeling stressed and unable to cope. There are times when you will not know what is causing the problem, but you will see as you read through this book that stress affects virtually every system in our bodies.
Work-related stress accounts for over a third of all new incidences of ill health. This can be due to many different causes which you will find later in the book.

It is sometimes referred to as the ‘silent killer,’ as it tends to be insidious to begin with and is a state of tension which is created when a person responds to the demands and pressures that come from work, family and other external sources, as well as those that are internally generated from self-imposed demands, obligations and criticism. Stress can be cumulative and can add up over a period of time until a state of crisis is reached and symptoms appear. These symptoms may manifest themselves psychologically as irritability, anxiety, impaired concentration, mental confusion, poor judgment, frustration and anger. They may appear physically as muscle tension, headaches, low back pain, insomnia and high blood pressure.


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