Looking after Me
Many carers find they have little time for themselves and we understand how demanding your caring role can be. Taking time to look after yourself, both physically and emotionally, is vital for you to be able to continue to care.
Eating the right food and keeping fit help you to cope with stress, fight illness and maintain your strength.
NHS choices have produced an excellent guide on how to maintain a balanced diet:
We are also working in partnership with Health and Local Food for Families (HALFF), a registered charity set up to help people cook delicious healthy food for themselves and their families. HALFF provides information and adviceabout cooking and nutrition, as well as running sessions in the community from time to time.
HALFF have produced some cooking tips for carers:
Finding time out of your caring routine to do some exercise can provide both physical and emotional benefits. Not only does physical activity help to improve your heart health, reduce various health risks and increase your stamina, it can also help you emotionally. Doing something active for yourself that you enjoy is also an effective stress-reduction technique for many, helping you to cope with difficult situations.
NHS choices have produced an excellent webpage on exercise and fitness: https://www.nhs.uk/livewell/fitness/Pages/Fitnesshome.aspx
The Carers Trust have put together useful information about taking care of yourself:
Dealing with difficult emotions
One of the largest challenges that a carer may face is
the range of difficult emotions that can arise. Feelings such as frustration, fatigue, anger, guilt, isolation and resentment are all common at times. No two carers’ experiences are exactly the same and every day can be different.
It is important to remember that, if you are struggling with the negative feelings that can arise as a carer, you are not alone. Try not to feel guilty for experiencing any negative feelings that may be stirred up as you care for someone – these are normal reactions to what can be a very challenging role and many other carers will be experiencing the same feelings as you right now.
Our training team offer a range of face to face coursesto support you with the emotional aspect of caring.