Getting the support you need

As a carer it is important to look after yourself and keep healthy. It is not only important for you but helps the person you care for too.

Here are some tips for maintaining your own wellbeing.

  • Talk to friends and family.
  • Make time for yourself.
  • Join a support group for family, friends and carers – talking to others experiencing similar situations can be helpful.
  • Continue to do the things you enjoy, like hobbies or interests.
  • Find out about getting a break, including respite care.
  • Try learning relaxation techniques such as meditation.
  • Learn to say ‘no’ – you are only human and cannot do everything.
  • Ask for help if you need it, you have not failed as a carer if you ask for help.

Access Talking Therapies if you are experiencing low mood, stress or anxiety – they may be able to help.  You can find your local NHS Talking Therapy service on the NHS website.

Page last reviewed: 28 June, 2024