Taking care of yourself
All too often carers can be so preoccupied with the health and well-being of the person they are caring for that their own needs take a back seat. However, paying more attention to yourself can be very positive for you and the person you care for.
That might sound fine in theory, but just how do you go about looking after yourself with the million-and-one other things that need doing? Well, to start off with, you should check our respite care section; there could be a range of opportunities for you to take time out.
The following information sheet on taking care of yourself has been designed with carers in mind; there is plenty of advice on practicable, everyday things you can do to look after yourself. For example making sure you eat properly, finding what works for you to reduce your stress and trying to get a good night's sleep.
If you do find the space, there's no end to the things you can do, whether just sitting and listening to music, reading, meditating or taking up a hobby such as gardening.