Prepare to Care
Looking after a spouse or family member can be testing sometimes which is why it’s important to take care of yourself. Giving yourself regular breaks, and maintaining some independence is critical to your own mental health and well being. We have created some tips to help support you in your daily routine.
Give yourself some time off
It might be an hour a week when you go to meet a friend for coffee, or half an hour a day to go swimming. Sometimes time off is simply time to catch up on errands or to have some ‘me’ time.
“One of the most important things any carer can learn to do is become ‘selfist’ and do things for themselves”, says counsellor Gillian Stevens, author of ‘Explore, Transform, Flourish’
“If guilt and doubt surface then remind yourself that taking care of yourself gives you the energy, love and time to devote to others.”
Spot the good things
Every day you make a difference to the person you’re caring for, take a few moments now and again to reflect on how important your role is, and how important you are.
Decide what jobs you want to do
Work out what is realistic to take on yourself and what you can delegate to others. It’s important to get support from others.
You don’t have to do everything to be a conscientious, loving carer – it’s okay to ask for help with tasks.
Understand your rights
It’s important to understand your legal rights as a Carer, and what financial assistance you might be eligible for. Visit www.carersaustralia.com.au to get more information on what assistance you can access.