CARERS COUCH

Self Care & Wellbeing

Here you’ll find advice from professionals that are here to help you further. We’ve assembled a wide range of service groups that will support you to move forward on your own unique journey.
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    “Give it a try Guys!!! ” Cancer Patient Hot Tip - "Give it a try Guys!!!" Cancer Patient Hot Tip Philip tells that many people come to him for support and encouragement due to his status as a cancer survivor. While he is a big believer in the power of the mind and positivity, some people simply don’t believe this, labelling it as ‘mumbo jumbo’. Philip READ ON
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    Living A Patient’s Life – Fear, Anxiety, The Unknown! – Carers Insight - Fear, Anxiety, The Unknown - The Carer Ends Up Living The patient's Life!! Kaylene’s words to every patient and carer; have a place to go to express your greatest joys, fears and unhappiness – a safe place. Feel as though you are truly connected. The carer needs a safe environment; one that is away from READ ON
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    “I’m NOT a Carer – I Care” Insight into a Carers Role - "I'm NOT a Carer - I Care" Insight into a Carers Role Kaylene thinks back on her learnings as a carer; after all these years, she still cannot really view herself as a carer. By nature, Kaylene is extremely task-focused. When she assumed the role of carer, she realised that she had to make some READ ON
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    DON’T Underestimate The Power Of The Mind - DON'T Underestimate The Power Of The Mind Kaylene recalls that Philip’s body, over the course of only a few short weeks, actually started to heal itself to a large degree. The tumour had dramatically decreased in size which meant he would not require a dreaded gastric tube. Kaylene and Philip know without a doubt that READ ON
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    “Never Ever Let The Medical profession Steal Your Hope” - "Never Ever Let The Medical profession Steal Your Hope" Kaylene and Philip offer some insightful advice on caring. Never let the medical profession steal your hope, as it is hope that will drive enormous, positive energy throughout your very core. It is absolutely critical to question and clarifies everything; ask as many questions as you READ ON
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    “I Found The Women Of My Dreams – I’m Not Going To Die !!!” - "I Found The Women Of My Dreams - I'm Not Going To Die !!!"Cancer Patient 25 years later still alive Kaylene recalls the struggle with Phillip’s mother and father. She remembers how her mother-in-law once made the comment that Kaylene must have regretted her decision to marry Philip. Her response? “I regret nothing”. Kaylene knows READ ON
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    “Typical Male Form” – He Succeeded In Hiding His Pain ! - "Typical Male Form" - He Succeeded In Hiding His Pain! Kaylene and Philip tell a little about their life leading up to and after their wedding. They were each forced to live in cities many hours apart for an entire year due to circumstances beyond their control. One year before the wedding, however, they were READ ON
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    “Never give up if you think something is wrong”! - "Never give up if you think something is wrong"! Philip divulges that he felt certain something was wrong for the past several years, although he was unable to get a diagnosis, despite seeing multiple doctors. His advice? Never give up if you think something is wrong! Keep seeking advice and seeing different doctors – don’t READ ON
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    Cancer Diagnosis After Honeymoon Getaway!! - Cancer Diagnosis After Honeymoon Getaway!! Meet Philip and Kaylene, a truly remarkable couple, who together, have an amazing story to tell of their survival journey. Philips sudden diagnosis of stomach cancer 25 years ago was a complete shock; however, they collectively decided to battle the illness with everything they had. Many years later, as much READ ON
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    Self-Help! Pilates – The Powerful Gateway to Meditation - Self-Help! Pilates - The Powerful Gateway to Meditation Maggie says that Pilates can be a powerful gateway to meditation. Practices which helped her get to a point where she could meditate were running, yoga and, more recently, Pilates. After a Pilates session, she was able to enjoy the quietness of her body and mind which READ ON
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    “Why is Self-Care So Hard When Caring For a Loved One?” - “Why is Self-Care So Hard When Caring For a Loved One?” Maggie poses the question: Why is self-care so hard when caring for a loved one? You want to do everything you can to support and provide for your loved one who is suffering and their needs seem much more important than yours. The result? READ ON
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    Breath & Vitality – Coping Mechanism of a Carer - Breath & Vitality - Coping Mechanism of a Carer Throughout her mother’s illness, Maggie was massively into running which was to her, a valued coping mechanism. During this period, she learned much about diet and lifestyle through caring for her mother and about the huge impact lifestyle has on one’s health. This awareness made her READ ON
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    How We Shared The Pain! Talking Vs Activities - How We Shared The Pain! Talking Vs Activities Each member of Maggie’s family were not big talkers; rather they threw themselves wholeheartedly into caring for their mother. They did not largely speak of the pain they were individually experiencing or share their emotions with one another. Rather, they dealt with feelings personally by taking time READ ON
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    I became a Carer and It Changed My Life! - I became a Carer and It Changed My Life! Meet Maggie, a young woman who acted as a carer for her mother since the age of sixteen. Seven years later, the battle ultimately took its awful toll on her mother, taking her life. Maggie relates details of her dear mother’s illness and how she, along READ ON
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    Caring for the carer in all of us! - He captured my heart, body and mind from a young age. This year he has truly captured my soul. He dances to the beat of his own drum, which is different to most. He lives in the now and is full of endless energy (seriously!) and abundant happiness.
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    I lost my wife to cancer - "I lost my wife to cancer" - Story of a 36-year-old widower! Alex, ‘name-giver’ of the Carer’s Couch, shares his enlightened perspective on how the journey of cancer can be one of profound love, appreciation and perspective. He now he considers himself to be the “one of the luckiest people alive”. Alex takes us into READ ON
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    Grief Is Love You Can’t Give - The grieving process is unique and special, deserving of its own attention and compassion... in Alex’s words, “there is so much love there”. Alex, whose wife’s spirit provided the inspiration to create the Carers’ Couch, embraces grieving with love and acceptance, offering deeply wise words to those who have reached the end of the caring READ ON
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    Lung Cancer Patient Story - Lung Cancer Patient Story - Carers Couch's Ambassador & Inspiration My name is Anoula and I have cancer. I was pregnant when I was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive lung cancer. I was told it had spread to my lymphs and was inoperable. Any treatment would be trial and error. I am also READ ON
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    Palliative Care “Keep a positive mind” - Palliative Care "Keep a positive mind" Khoa knows first hand how vital it is to stay positive whilst carrying the heavy load of care. He poignantly tells how opposing emotions can coexist at end-stage, the importance of living a “good life” after our loved one passes, how he held up his physical, mental and emotional READ ON
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    Understanding Palliation – The Legal Challenges - Understanding Palliation - The Legal Challenges What is Palliation all about? It can be a confronting and confusing reality which is frequently misunderstood by carers and family; the drugs, the treatment, the battles with doctors and health staff. Hear from Khoa as he shares his deeply personal experience of trying to understand his Dad’s palliation. READ ON
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    Palliative Care – Behind Hospital Walls - Palliative Care - Behind Hospital Walls Effective communication between members of the family, hospital staff, health care professionals and other members of the carer team can be a minefield. Khoa talks about his sadness at being left out of the loop at during such a crucial time in his Dad’s life and calls for the READ ON
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    IMPORTANT! TO DO LIST before your loved one passes! - IMPORTANT! TO DO LIST before your loved one passes! How do you avoid the challenges of emotional bombardment and overwhelm that can often accompany the decision to palliate a loved one? Khoa says “take a step back” and think forward... here he offers valuable advice gleaned during his experience of the daily challenges of palliation. READ ON
  • Diagnosis or death sentence - Diagnosis... it can feel like a death sentence. Getting the diagnosis can be just as traumatic as the disease itself – in that split second, our life is forever altered. Someone else, in a position of power has exercised control over the life of our loved one and is pointing the bone... “they’ve got a READ ON
  • Keys to Make Recovery a Reality - There are things we can do to get better - to survive, heal and recover - from traumatic events such as accident, disease and disability. Even when we are handed an apparently final situation or when things are hopeless and it seems all is lost, it is completely possible to make a come back. Big READ ON
  • 6 Rules to Fuel your “Body Vehicle” - Our body is under a lot of stress as a Carer, and generally speaking, we have a consistently higher stress threshold than the average person. Loving and respecting our own body, helps our body help us, to help them! Whew... Say that 10 times fast! Seriously though, nothing could be more true. How we fuel READ ON
  • Setting Loving Boundaries - Putting On Your Big Kid Panties: Setting Loving Boundaries   “You need to stop doing everything and take some time for you”, says the well meaning friend. “Yeah right.. like that’s an option” you reply with a hint of victim and martre. If this is you, it’s time to get your big kid panties on, READ ON
  • 10 Self-care Tips To Be A Better Carer - So what can you do to get a little ‘me time’ amongst all the responsibility? Here are 10 simple self-care moments you can integrate into your everyday to give yourself a little love: Go outside and pick some fresh flowers or foliage for the kitchen table. Make a point to breathe in the fresh air READ ON
  • Self-care…What’s that?! - It’s no surprise that when it comes to self-care, the Carer is on the back foot, to begin with.   We don’t have time to look after ourselves… we have to clean, cook, manage the meds, get to specialists, shower, change dressings, balance the budget, get groceries, change beds, and get everything else done before READ ON