Looking after Yourself

Caring can be enriching and rewarding, deepening friendships and relationships – it can also be demanding, challenging and very isolating. It is therefore extremely important to look after your own physical and emotional health.

Being a Carer is hard work, so you need to look after yourself. There are so many demands on your time every day and it can be difficult to find time for yourself. That’s when stress can build up, so looking after yourself is important when you’re a Carer.

This section provides some ideas for keeping well and some positive steps that Carers can take to look after their own needs.

Don’t feel under pressure to do everything – not all the suggestions will be right for your particular way of living or even your personality. Choose the things you feel comfortable with, but remember that the fitter and healthier you are, the better you will be able to cope, both physically and emotionally, with the demands of caring.