Key points

Caregivers often experience a host of negative emotions that increase stress and may result in poor health consequences.

Some of the negative emotions caregivers commonly face are: grief, anger, emotional/physical exhaustion, social isolation, strained relationships and guilt.

Focus on cultivating positive emotions to reduce stress.


Icebreaker questions (choose one)

What is your favorite ride at an amusement park?

Who is your favorite superhero and why?

What is one thing you really like about yourself?


Discussion questions

What negative emotions do you struggle with related to caregiving?

How is stress affecting you?

What point in the video was most meaningful to you?

What do you find meaningful about your role as a caregiver?

What helps you maintain a positive focus?

Review the Caregiver Weekly Check Up


Periodically reviewing these questions may help you be more aware of what is happening in your caregiving journey and find perspective to make better decisions. Even if you don’t journal, you may find it helpful to discuss these questions with a small group, healthcare professional, or other supports.

Caregiver Weekly Check Up

Help and Hope for Family Caregivers accompanying workbook.