When a person is a carer their life is often taken up by caring for the person they care for who is often a family member or friend. The person they usually find difficulty caring for and keeping well is themselves. So we recommend the following to keep yourself well enough to be that carer you want to be.
- Have Breakfast – This may seem to be something small and inconsequential but in order to have the energy you need throughout the day you need to start it off with breakfast.
- Have a routine – Having a routine for your day keeps structure in your life and helps you to manage your time.
- Make time for yourself – Having no time for yourself increases tiredness and stress levels and inevitably makes it harder for you to be a carer; so taking those 5 minutes or that half an hour for yourself helps keep you going.
- Sleep – Making sure you get enough sleep is essential to looking after yourself and making sure that you are able to make it through each and every day.
- Ask for help – If you need help with something ask for it; you’re not weak or failing by asking for help.
- Accept Help – Accept help if it’s offered; it could give you the chance to relax or have a lighter day.
- Local Carers Groups – Contact your local carers groups which are linked to your local council in most cases. Telford’s is called the Carer’s Contact Centre.
- Talk to Someone – Finding someone to talk to about everything you go through is one of the best things you can do to help with your own mental health.
- Learn – Learning about the conditions your cared for has is one of the best ways of understanding them and being able to help them with their goals.