How to Look After Yourself when You Care for Others

Your physical and mental health is crucial when you’re also looking after someone else. Be it an elderly relative, housemate recovering from an operation or a family member who has a disability, to help them, you have to help yourself. 

If you’re looking for some tips and tricks that could help, read on for some ideas that could inspire you.

Take time alone 

It might not always be easy, but see if there are moments in your day when you can grab a moment or two to stop and pause. If it’s not possible to run yourself a hot bath and relax for hours, see if you can incorporate a five-minute meditation or simply sit with your coffee for 10 minutes in the morning and practice mindfulness. There are some great apps out there that can help you get going.   

Keep your body moving 

Exercise is so important for the body, mind and spirit. Especially when you’re caring for someone else. It can be a real struggle to prioritize yourself at times but remember: you can’t pour from an empty cup. Endorphins are a great way to feel better, fast. So, whether it’s yoga at home, walking the dog or running around the block, any movement is good movement! 

Share the load 

It’s okay to ask for help sometimes. Be it family, friends or a paid service like; it’s okay not to do everything yourself. It can be a frightening step asking someone else to take over any of your tasks, but it can make the world of difference. Why don’t you book an appointment at the hairdressers or go, meet friends for a coffee or 

Keep talking 

Communication is key. If your caring responsibilities are permanent or it’s just a temporary measure, it’s important to keep talking to family, friends or professionals, to ensure you’re getting as much support as you need. Keep on having check-ins with people you trust, to ensure that you always have someone to talk to if you need it. 

Fuel yourself 

Keeping yourself fed with good, nourishing food is equally as important as talking and moving. A balanced diet will help you feel and probably look, good. Your health and wellbeing are incredibly important, especially when you’re also looking after someone else. On the other hand, if cooking or baking are activities you enjoy, a piece of cake is just as good for your soul as a glass of water is for your skin. 

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Feed your brain

You are the only one who knows what you’re going through, so you can decide what level of support and mental stimulation you need. Online courses can be a great way to learn a new skill and to get in touch with parts of your brain that you aren’t always utilizing. It could be that watching your favourite film, reading a book or colouring in are all ways that make you feel a little more, well, you. 


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