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How to take care of yourself when you are a carer


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If you spend a lot of your time caring for a loved one, there is no doubt that they will be the person who you think the most about when you are planning your day. Even though this may seem like just what you have to do in the situation, you also need to make sure that you are taking care of yourself, too. In many cases, being a carer can be an incredibly stressful role, and this is even more the case if you don’t look after yourself properly. The good news is that there are things that you can do which will help, and you should find that this puts you in a much better position to take care of your loved one than you might have been previously.

Make sure their home is optimised for lesser abled people

You can’t be with your loved one all the time, and this means that they will have to spend some time on their own. If you find that you worry a lot about when they are not with you, then you will need to consider how you can make their environment safer. One thing that you can do is to try and remove anything that they can trip over – including wires, steps or simply things lying on the floor. You may also find that they struggle to get into their bath or shower because of the step – and you could have a walk-in bath or wet room installed, which would help you to know that everything is as safe as it can be. This peace of mind will work wonders for you, and will help you to become less stressed.

Get into a regular routine

This is something that will help not only you, but also your loved one, as you will be able to get into a good routine that will suit both of you. You should set specific times during the day to do everything that needs to be done, as this means that you can fit in everything that you need to do without really having to worry too much about it. So, if you always give your loved one their lunch, make sure you do this at the same time of day. Getting into a routine can make all aspects of life a lot easier to deal with, which is worth it in the long term.

Do something to give yourself a break

Looking after yourself should come first. You are no help to anyone if you don’t look after yourself first and foremost.  You need a break like everyone. No matter what your hobbies or interests may be, it is always important that you have something which will allow you to take your mind off being a carer – and you should do at least one or two things a week that fit into this category. This could include meeting up with friends, or joining a club. You could even take a class to learn a new skill, and this is something that would be fulfilling in many ways.

Talk with people who care

Carers often try to cope with everything on their own, but this could raise their stress levels a lot in the long term. For this reason, you should make sure you take the time to talk to people about how you feel. This is often better when you talk to family or friends who know your loved one, however you could also find that you benefit from professional counselling at times.

No matter what you choose to do as a way of helping you cope, by accepting help when you need it you will feel much better and be able to care for your loved one more effectively – so there is no doubt that it is worth it.

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