We know that caring for a loved family member or friend can be rewarding, but it also comes with its challenges and can be both physically and emotionally draining.
As a carer you probably put the needs of others before your own and feel guilty for taking time for yourself, but we want you to know that it’s important to look after your own needs too. After all, if you don’t care for yourself, who will be there for your loved one when you’re sick or exhausted and unable to look after them?
Here are a few suggestions on things you can do to look after your physical and mental health.
Sometimes it’s hard to find the time, but looking after your physical health isn’t something you should put on the backburner. The most important ways you can look after your physical health are:
Drinking too much alcohol, taking recreational drugs and smoking can affect your physical health and should be avoided.
Caring for others can affect your mental health. Balancing a busy life and looking after a loved one can be stressful. There are a few things you can do to care for your mental health, including:
As a carer, helping a loved one into aged care living is not always easy. At HillView Care we’re here to help them with the transition and ensure they feel relaxed and comfortable at all times.
Our premium aged care homes in Merrimac and Ashmore have everything they need including 24/7 nursing care, delicious, healthy meals and beautifully appointed rooms with either a verandah or terrace.