When a loved one is sick, the demanding care along with challenging emotions can leave you feeling alone. Feelings of guilt, sadness, and anger are common during this difficult time so know that you are not the only person struggling or feeling the way you do.
Several podcasts discuss the difficulties of caregiving and dealing with the intense emotions that may be experienced when someone close to you is ill. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite podcasts that will make you laugh, cry, or maybe both at the same time.
Making sure your loved one is taking the correct medications, taking time out of your schedule for doctor visits, managing finances, and keeping it all together when a loved one is sick can be tough to achieve. Caregiver SOS is a weekly, hour-long show that focuses on the tough details of caregiving from legal issues to end-of-life communication to the newest health care technology. Gerontologist Carol Zernial, author Dr. James Huysman, PsyD, and broadcaster Ron Aaron host the show, educating caregivers on how to deal with the tough stuff.
Terrible, Thanks for Asking focuses on the reality that everyone has moments that are hard. The show is about being open and honest about everything you are struggling with and sharing that with others. The series shares stories of real people during their worst moments and finding unexpected moments of joy and humor, even in the darkness.
Host Elizabeth Miller speaks with real family caregivers about their learnings in the Happy Healthy Caregiver podcast. In episodes that are less than 30 minutes each, the series shares tips on how to stay healthy and relieve stress while integrating caregiving into your life. For caregivers feeling isolated, this podcast aims to build a community sharing the struggles and successes of others facing the same challenges.
Caregivers’ Circle takes a holistic approach to confronting difficulties that all caregivers face. Whether caring for aging parents, a child with a terminal or chronic illness, adult children with disabilities, or any loved one that needs your help, caregivers battle against emotional, legal, and financial consequences. The podcast aims to provide tips and resources to any and all caregivers to aid them as they aid their loved ones.
Happiness Spells: 5 Minute Lists of Happy Things for Increasing Gratitude, Reducing Stress, Sleep, Meditation, Anti-Anxiety
If you are able to find five minutes in your demanding schedule, turn on an episode of Happiness Spells. The podcast has soothing music and is intended to give you a mental break from everything going on around you. The host creates lists of the beautiful, little things in life to be happy and grateful for, which will leave you feeling calm and serene. If you need a quick escape, this podcast offers a way to de-stress and experience gratitude.
Podcasts are great for those with busy schedules, as you can turn them on in the car, at the gym, or when you’re falling asleep at night. When you have the added responsibility of needing to care for a loved one, it’s important to take care of yourself first and get any extra help you need. Turning on a podcast is a simple way to relieve stress or find resources to help you.
While these podcasts differ greatly from one another, we hope you understand that you are not alone. Others have faced the challenges you are facing and know how hard it can be to have a loved one that is sick. Take care of yourself as you take care of your loved one and listen to these podcasts for a little extra support.