Self-Care for Carers
Working in care or even caring for a loved one can take its toll on your energy and well-being. It's important to take care of yourself as much as it is those around you.
Take 30 minutes to yourself, take a run, do your nails, have a luxurious bath or maybe do some of the following…
Mindfulness is the practice of being in the here and now, concentrating and focusing on the present. Yoga and meditation are great ways to improve your mindfulness and enhance your well-being.
Read Something Inspiring
There are some fascinating and inspiring biographies and autobiographies out there, but also a whole library of classics, poetry, zany science books and self help books. You can take them everywhere with you by downloading the kindle app on your phone or tablet.
Even 20 mins exercise a day can greatly improve your health and mental well-being. It’s also a great excuse to bond with friends and family or even meet new people by joining a class or running group.
Listen to Something Uplifting
Music is a great way to enhance emotions good or bad. Have a sing or dance to your favourite song, or if you have time watch your favourite musical. But there’s more than just music, podcasts can be an amazing way to learn something new and even laugh your socks off!
Your sense of smell is a highly underutilised sense. Aromatherapy can help mood, sleep patterns and even appetite. Try lavender oil to help with sleep or a citrus scented candle to boost your mood.
Keep a Journal
Keeping track of your moods can greatly help to identify stressers, but a journal can also be a great place to write down your happy thoughts, ambitions and also prayers. Try writing three things you’re grateful for at the end of each day, or three things you like about your life each evening.
Show Compassion to Yourself
Think about the kindness and compassion you show your friends and family and turn this on yourself. You’re doing the best you can, so be kinder to yourself.
Plan Something Fun
Plan a trip, visit to a museum, coffee with a friend or even a holiday. It’s always good to have something to look forward to! You can even set a countdown on your phone to heighten the excitement
Take a Social Media Break
We live in a high-pressured world where we’re expected to be perfect at all times. numerous studies have shown that long periods on social media has a very negative affect on someone’s self esteem and happiness. Time to put that phone down and take a detox.
When you’re under great stress you can feel very alone and even isolate yourself further. It’s important to recognise this behaviour and reach out to friends and family. If you’re worried about speaking to friends or family or feel you may need more professional advice your GP is a great person to talk to.