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Counselling for Caregivers Unit 9: Coping with Stress
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Table of Contents Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Objectives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Lesson One: Understanding Stress . . . . . 3 Lesson Two: The Signs and Symptoms of Stress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Lesson Three: The Causes of Stress . . . 23 Lesson Four: Coping Strategies . . . . . . 27 Lesson Five: Coping Strategies for Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Self-Assessment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Answers to Self-Assessment. . . . . . . . 46 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Appendix A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Appendix B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Unit 9: Coping with Stress
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1 Counselling for Caregivers Introduction Unit 9: Coping Strategies for Caregivers Introduction Some days in your life are fine days indeed. You get up in the morning feeling very refreshed and looking forward to a pleasant day. The sun is shining and there is a gentle breeze. You are looking forward to hav- ing one of your favourite meals. You feel eager to help children and enthusiastic about your work. Things are moving according to your plan and you are delighted. Wow! What a beautiful day! Yet, it is not always so. There can be many frustrations in the daily life of a caregiv- er. Right now, you may be making great efforts in trying to cope with the needs of children under your care. These demands may come from others and from yourself. The caregiver in the picture is Mr. Phiri. He is talking about a very serious matter: stress . This unit will help you so that you don’t end up like him. He destroyed himself, but that is not all. No! His real regret is that he feels that he messed up everything for the people and the things that he really cared about. He feels sorry for the pain he caused his family, friends, work colleagues, and all those other people that were affected by his personal stress. This unit is writ- ten so that you will have the opportunity to learn from his mistakes. The unit will take you on a journey of personal stress management, one step at a time. Each lesson covers a number of topics and provides various activities for you to complete. In Lesson 1, you will learn about what stress is and its effects on your health and behaviour. In the next lesson, you will learn to recognise signs and symptoms of stress. Lessons 3 will outline I’ve been a caregiver for 12 years. I have passed through thick and thin. In the process, I think, I’ve destroyed myself—and perhaps people and things I care about. I wish someone had talked to me about it long ago. I wish I had asked them for help.
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2 Objectives Counselling for Caregivers the causes of stress, and Lessons 4 and 5 will discuss strategies for cop- ing with stress for caregivers and for children, respectively. The unit also contains some important questions and activities, which can help
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