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Looking after yourself

Practical ways to find support

When you start caring, you are focused on the needs of the person you care for. But you shouldn’t forget to care for yourself. We know that caring can be stressful, and it’s important to find ways to manage your stress so that it doesn’t all become too much. You might find it helpful to connect with other carers, get counselling, or use relaxation techniques.

Look into respite care

It’s OK to take a break. In fact, taking a break to rest and recharge will be essential during your time as a carer. ‘Respite’ or ‘respite care’ is when someone else takes care of the person you care for, so that you can take a break. You can arrange respite care for short or long breaks, or in an emergency.

Last Modified: Friday, 04 November 2022