As support grows for the RAISE Family Caregivers Act, we reflect on the long term impact of caring for a family member with a disability. Along with the many joys of caring for your loved one, the data shows that caregivers of children and adults with disabilities have significantly more stress than others and that the impact of that stress can add up over time. If the stress of caregiving is left unchecked, it can take a toll on your health, relationships, and state of mind-eventually leading to burnout. When you’re burned out, it’s tough to do anything, let alone look after someone else. With this being said, it then comes as no surprise to find that some people may decide to try methods like writing things down, speaking to family members, or even using something like this PlusCBD oil coupon code in the hopes of buying CBD related products online to try and help relieve stress levels. It isn’t hard to find places that legally sell CBD Oil. It could be as simple as doing a quick google search into something like cbd oils in tampa fl (location varies depending on where you live) to find what you are looking for. Whatever way people choose to do this, it is about finding what works best, as no one should have to constantly be stressed. If these caregivers find that the oils don’t seem to be reducing any of their stress, it might be worth looking into other methods of removing stress. Perhaps looking into specific strains of marijuana could be useful. For example, the apple pie strain is believed to provide users with uplifted feelings, reducing their stress significantly. If people decide marijuana is right for them in reducing stress, they can find additional smoking accessories online. Stress can cause a lot of future problems, so be sure to try and relieve stress wherever possible.

Our family supports team is encouraging caregivers to take care of themselves by offering a series of workshops designed to give people tools to alleviate and manage stress. By making yourself a priority, you are increasing the odds of positive outcomes for your loved one with a disability!

Join us for any or all of our Addressing Caregiver Stress workshops, which will give you tips on how to improve your physical and emotional health.

Power Up Productivity: Wednesday, September 21 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Learn to manage your energy instead of time, in order to improve productivity.

Care of Self, Care of Others: Wednesday, October 19 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Learn ways to reduce caregiver stress, replenish energy, enrich your experience, and distinguish between grief and depression.

Mindfulness: Wednesday, November 16 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Learn strategies to strengthen your ability to regulate emotions, build attention to detail, and enhance problem-solving skills.

All Addressing Caregiver Stress workshops are presented by Connie Fisher, L.C.S.W., Director, Mental Health Promotion, Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri. To RSVP, please contact Brianne Smith, Information Coordinator of Family Support, at 314-817-2216 or

Sharon Spurlock is the Director of Family Support and has worked with people with developmental disabilities since 1982. Recognized as an expert in person-centered philosophy and advocacy, Sharon’s passion is helping people with disabilities and their families find great supports in the community. To connect with Sharon, email her at

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