When you care for a loved one it’s easy to forget about your own needs and it can be difficult to find time for yourself. It is common for a carer to assume that their own health is fine without any real inspection, as they feel that there are more pressing matters at hand than individual self-care. However, it is important to remember that if you are able to maintain a healthy wellbeing yourself, by extension, it is likely that you will be able to provide better help and care to others.
Caring for somebody with dementia can have a substantial emotional effect on a carer. The dementia journey is likely to elicit a wide range of feelings within the carer, which can often change quickly and occur simultaneously. This mix of emotions can be confusing to encounter and difficult to come to terms with.
It is important to remember that you are not alone, and that there are many other carers who will feel the same as you. It can be helpful to try to understand why you are experiencing these feelings, as this awareness will allow you to be more emotionally prepared and allow you to discover connections between certain feelings and certain situations.
It is also very important to try to invest in some ‘you time’, when you can channel your energy into your hobbies and interests or anything that you may find enjoyable. Taking your mind off of your caring responsibilities can help to recharge your batteries.
It can be helpful to make a weekly plan when you can schedule some time off for yourself, this gives the caring regime some structure and allows yourself something to look forward too. Carer breaks and respite care can also be an effective way for carers to take time out to look after themselves and help to prevent any feelings of exhaustion or burnout.
If you feel you are struggling to cope, then please do not hesitate to contact us to see what support we can offer you.
For more information regarding caring for somebody with dementia, please click here.
For more information regarding a carer’s assessment, please click here.
For sources of support, see our local support search.
For more information regarding a dementia friendly home, please click here.
For more information regarding carer wellbeing, please click here.
For more information regarding carer breaks and respite care, please click here.
The most recent Dementia Report for ‘Supporting People with Dementia and Their Carers’ (2021-22) can also be accessed by clicking here.