When caring for a loved one, it can be difficult to be able to find a balance between your role as a carer and the rest of your life and responsibilities. When too much focus is put on caring, things like a person’s social life, physical health, and mental health can suffer. It is important to find the proper balance in life in order to be the best carer that you can be while still looking after yourself.
Knowing when to ask for help is very important when caring for a loved one. It can be tempting to try and do everything yourself. Of course, you know the person that you care for the best, but at the same time, it is important to be able to identify when you may need to reach out for outside support. Reaching out to friends or family members that may be able to help you out a few times a week with small things like shopping, errands, and cooking can make a huge impact! With this little bit of extra help, you will have more time to focus on the things that you need to do for yourself, such as attending appointments and maintaining a social life.
One of the most important things that you can do each day that can help you find balance is relaxation. Taking some time each day to just sit back and relax can help you to take care of yourself. Whether you enjoy yoga and meditation, or just prefer to sit back and read a book for 15 to 20 minutes a day, taking the time to relax can benefit you in more ways than one. Relaxation is very calming, but it also is able to boost energy and help to alleviate stress. Taking small breaks to relax each day can help you to be the best carer you can be, while also caring for yourself.
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If you are caring for a loved one and are struggling to find the balance between your life and your caring role, Suffolk Carers Matter is here for you! We offer free support, advice, and guidance and even have a free counselling service available should you need it!
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