A survey by Carers UK of more than 3,000 unpaid carers looking after family members revealed that 84% never expected to become a carer.
Caring for someone, alongside work and family commitments, can be physically and emotionally overwhelming. It can cause added stress and tension in your life. It’s vital that you have methods in place to keep stress levels to a minimum.
Ask for help
It’s important to make sure you ask for help if you need it from other family members, get plenty of rest and exercise regularly, as well as have a healthy, balanced diet that includes lots of fruit and vegetables.
Make time for you
Make time for yourself and continue hobbies you enjoy. Also keep up with your medical or dental appointments.
Carers UK found that 39% of carers have put off medical treatment because they were caring for a loved-one. In half of those cases, the person’s health condition worsened.
You might be a mother/father, husband/wife, carer and employee, but you’re only one person, so you need to be realistic about what you can cope with.
Prioritise tasks and responsibilities and don’t be afraid to share the load or feel guilty for doing so.
Caring for someone is hard work, so even if you do your best to put measures into place, you still may find yourself feeling stressed or worried. You should be aware of what the signs are that you might be struggling with mental wellbeing.
Symptoms include experiencing low moods regularly, excessive worrying, tiredness, not being able to concentrate and avoiding socialising with people.
If you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms, we would recommend looking into respite care for you and your loved-one. We can provide experienced and fully trained live in carers who can continue the routines and lifestyles of your loved-one, while you take a much-needed break. Find out more about respite care here.
It may also be time to consider a carer to pop in on a more regular basis to provide domiciliary care.
You can also find support via Carers UK.