Hi im new here and looking for support/advice. Skip to bottom if you want to miss out middle bit and get to the point lol.
A close family member has suffered from depression on and off all my life but has recently gone into a worse phase. I try and support as much as I can but it seems to make no difference and I can feel myself slipping back into depression with her.
Also, im suddenly tired all the time. I use to be like this when I was depressed so I suspect its linked to stress. Dont get me wrong I WANT to help the family member. I just want help with the side effects from the stress/depression/hopelessness it causes. It makes me unmotivated to do anything because I just feel like I need sleep. Of course, doing nothing makes me more depressed so I've started drinking more caffeine to beat the tiredness. It doesnt seem to help much and I know dependency on it will make me more tired. Its frustrating.
The point of this long post is:
1. How can I support someone when I seem to make no difference (she's on waiting lists for professionals but that could take months)
2. If my tiredness is caused by stress what can help?
(Note: can't remove stress source as I live with the family member and want to help them. I go outside daily and run every other day.)
Thanks for reading.