Carers: Managing Difficult Emotions and Building Resilience

This webinar looks at the complex and sometimes painful emotions which can accompany the caring role.

It recognises that caring can be a gradual and unexpected challenge, bringing some reward but also resentment, guilt, grief and loss.

The webinar provides several tools for building emotional resilience and includes a relaxing experiential exercise. It includes information about the support offered by Hertfordshire and Mid Essex Talking Therapies for anyone interested in engaging more closely with the team.

Key topics covered:

  • The personal impact of caring: a review of the way caring can become part of what you do, and the diverse ways this can impact on emotions.
  • Difficult emotions: a discussion around emotions common to carers, but which are often difficult to admit to, including guilt, resentment, grief and loneliness.
  • Building resilience: techniques and strategies to maintain emotional strength, locate and draw on resources, and learn greater self-care and compassion.

The CBT emotional resilience toolkit:

  • Self-care and compassion: give yourself time.
  • Normalise difficult feelings: caring is demanding; difficult feelings are to be expected.
  • Build a support network: family, friends, professionals and local communities can help.
  • Cognitive and behavioural tools: spot unhelpful ways of thinking, manage diet, exercise, social and family time.
  • Mindfulness: learn quick, easy ways to calm your mind.

To find more information or to self-refer to Hertfordshire & Mid Essex Talking Therapies please visit: or talk to your GP.

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Self-help videos:

We also have a variety of self-help videos available that focus on a range of topics including stress, sleep, nature and wellbeing, tips for healthcare staff and mindfulness. Click here for more information about our self-help videos.

Please note this video was created prior to our service name change (from HPFT IAPT) to 'Hertfordshire and Mid Essex Talking Therapies'.