Our families play an important role in our life. We go to them to seek advice, to find companionship, and to share our ups and downs with. These are the people who we love and trust but may also argue and fight with. Our family includes our parents, our partner, our spouse and our children. It can also include our friends, our co-workers, and also our pets.
Our families protect us from harm and we would do the same to protect them. It is inevitable that at one point or another, we will have to look after one or more of our family members. We may take on family responsibilities, like becoming the primary caregiver to look after an aging parent, or a family member with a disability. We may take on financial burden to support our children’s dream or career goal. We may also lend a helping hand to a friend or co-worker who is going through a tough time in life. Regardless of the situation, the choices we make to support our family have a cost. It demands our time and energy, can put a toll on our well-being, and may even put us at risk of getting injured. Being a caregiver can also impact our work life. Think of a time when a family issue came up that bothered you all night. How did it affect your energy, your mood, or your ability to focus on your job the next day?