Caring for yourself is one of the most important, and possibly one of the most forgotten things that carers can do for themselves. A lack of time, feelings of guilt and not seeing the need of taking time out for themselves as important, all contribute to carers neglecting themselves and burning out.
What can I do?
Recognise and be mindful of early warning signs of burn out. This may include irritability, inability to concentrate, forgetfulness and sleeping problems. Know your warning signs and take action. There are a few things you can do:
- Speak to your GP and if appropriate, seek support from a Counsellor or a Psychologist to help you manage your stress and develop a self care plan.
- Seek respite to take time out for yourself. Respite care is an essential part of the overall support that carers and families may need. It is short term and flexible and provides a variety of support to fit the carers need. Click here for respite services.
- Engage in activities to reduce stress. These can be simple things like regular exercise, walking, having a balanced diet, resting and meditating or connecting with a friend.
- Get involved in groups. For example support groups can be a great way to connecting with other carers and gaining new valuable infromation, insights and feeling supported.