Looking after yourself as a parent or carer

Looking after yourself as a parent or carer

When you are looking after the needs of someone else, it can be difficult to remember to look after yourself. However, it’s important to set aside time to participate in activities you enjoy, spend time with people you like and do things just for you.

Looking after your health

Maintaining your own physical and mental health will enable you to support the child or adult you care for in the best way you can. Physical exercise, even just being outdoors in the fresh air and going for a walk, can be hugely beneficial. Engaging in something you enjoy, even for a short time, can also be very helpful.

Animals and pets have been proven to help lower stress levels and promote wellbeing. If you have a dog for example, you are committed to going out for a walk every day when you might not otherwise.

Some people also enjoy using mindfulness techniques to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Support groups

It can be physically and mentally exhausting caring for someone, whether they are a child or adult. If you are a single parent, this can be an even more difficult and isolating experience. Many parents and carers find joining support groups helpful. Groups that meet in person can be found in most local areas and there are also online support groups and forums.

Find more tips and strategies on self-care for parents and carers by visiting the pages below.


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