If you’re caring for a loved one, you should never forget to look after your own needs. Many carers often report feeling stressed or depressed, so it is important that that you don’t forget to look after yourself. .It is very common for people who care for a loved one with dementia to put their own needs to one side. Yet becoming a carer has an emotional, physical, and sometimes, financial impact.
Allow time for yourself
- Acknowledge how you are feeling and the impact on your life and your relationships
- Make a conscious decision to include your needs in your daily and weekly routine
- Be kind to yourself. Remind yourself of all the things you do well.
- Keep up your social life, make sure to plan outings and keep in touch with family and friends.
- Focus on what is within your control, on the things you and your loved one can still do. Avoid thinking too far ahead about scenarios that may never come to pass. Remember this quote from Mark Twain: “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.”
Try to mind your health
- Eat a well balanced diet
- Take regular exercise if you can.
- See your GP regularity, especially if you are feeling low, stressed anxious or are not sleeping well.
If you’re caring for someone full time, you may be entitled to a carer’s allowance
We can assist full time carers by providing respite care or support at home