This pandemic is a unique circumstance which has caused stress and uncertainty, creating some significant challenges to our wellbeing. For some people, it has led to huge demands on our time and energy. As a carer you may be juggling home working, home schooling and home caring without the usual things that support your wellbeing, such as pleasurable activities, a chance to get a break from caring, meeting up with other carers, face-to-face support from carer services, routines and good social support. Many carers may feel pressure to achieve the same level of focus and caring whilst also juggling these many priorities, and this can lead to feelings of exhaustion and guilt when they fail. For some people, the risk of being at home with people we are not safe with is real and needs to be urgently responded to. For others, the mental health difficulties that we’ve struggled with or even resolved are becoming more burdensome.
It’s therefore completely understandable, normal and predictable that our wellbeing and mental health will vary at the moment. And it’s important that, as a carer, you take some time to look after yourself.
We’ve compiled some Top Tips for Managing Low Mood which you can find here.
Ensure that you get periods of rest, stop and make sure that you’re hydrated. Remember to eat as well, stay connected with carer services, friends and family.
Reach out to your local carer service and tell them that you need some support, or just the chance to talk with someone. If things are getting to a crisis point for you or the person you care for, speak to your GP, carer support worker or social worker.
Try to get out for a walk, even if that means taking the person you care for out with you, as a change of surroundings might help
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