Taking time for me when also a carer – Blog

Time for me

Are you a carer and struggle taking care of your own health too?  You are not alone.  Many carers say they are unable to prioritise themselves whilst supporting someone else.

However, having a break and looking after yourself, not only helps you but also the person you care for.

“When you spend a lot of your time focusing on someone else, you may feel as if you have no time for yourself. But looking after your own wellbeing is important for you and for them.” Mind.org

Many people wonder how to start focusing on themselves.

According to NHS.uk  “evidence suggest there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing.  Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life. “

These are:

  1. Connect with other people.
  2. Be physically active
  3. Learn new skills
  4. Give to others
  5. Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)

Go to the link below to find more information and steps to improve your wellbeing.

5 steps to mental wellbeing – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Obviously it is not easy doing these things if you don’t have any respite from your caring role. If you live in Blackburn with Darwen contact us 01254 6688440 to discuss.

Contact – Blackburn with Darwen Carers Service (bwdcarers.org.uk)

If you live in another area search for your local carers service for support.

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