Putting all your energy into caring for someone else can often mean putting your own health on hold. However your physical and emotional wellbeing are incredibly important, especially during challenging and exhausting times.
Caring for others means you need all the strength you can get! Here are some things you can do to help take care of yourself while caring for someone else.
Make time in your week for at least three sessions of physical exercise. Find something you enjoy doing, as this can help to motivate you. Regular exercise will clear you mind and help you feel good.
Avoiding fatty, sugary or processed foods can help to keep your physical health in check. Talk to your GP about a healthy eating plan or do some research online.
GET REGULAR SLEEP
Consistent sleeping patterns are key to a healthy lifestyle. Make sure you’re getting at least 8 hours, even if that means you have to take a nap during the day to catch up.
DO THINGS YOU LOVE
Make sure you’re still putting aside some ‘you time’. Doing the things that bring you joy can help you to stay positive during tough times.
SHARE THE CARE
No man/woman is an island. Take some of the pressure off and ask someone you trust to help out. Whether it’s a family member, friend or professional health care worker, build the support networks you need to help you manage. If you are in a caring role, it’s important to take a break from time to time, some of the organsisations below might be able to help out in finding respite.
Talking to people who are going through a similar experience to you can make you feel less alone and overwhelmed. A good online references for young carers is: