The stresses and strains of being a carer can be under-estimated and misunderstood by people who have never been in that position. lt may be difficult to insist that other people (including the person you are caring for) recognise your needs. lt is very important to maintain friends, relationships and contacts, especially if you have had to give up work or social activities to be at home.
Whilst stress is an everyday feature of modern living, carers may experience a high level of stress as a result of their caring situation. Even when the person you care for is someone you love, changes in circumstances or in personality due to disability, financial worries and relationships can take their toll. Stress can leave a carer feeling isolated, exhausted and resentful.
- Digestive problems
- lrritability or tearfulness
- Difficulty in making decisions
- Problems with concentrating
- lnability to relax
- Loss of appetite or a tendency to eat / drink more than normal
- Bad back
lf you have experienced any of the above, try to take a break from your caring role and seek support from your GP, Social Services or your local Carers Support Services.
Remember: You and you’re health are important. To be of help to the person you care for, you must first look after yourself.