If you are someone who is looking after a loved one living with dementia, you may experience a range of difficult emotions. You may not have the time to do all the things you need to do, and this can be difficult too. The needs of the person you care for will often come before your own, and this can mean that you don’t look after yourself properly.
You might feel that it is not always possible to make time for yourself, but it is important for both you and the person living with dementia. Looking after yourself and learning to deal with challenges means you will be in a better position to continue to care for the person with dementia. Keeping yourself healthy; physically, mentally and emotionally can help you to have a better relationship with them.
Caring can have a big impact on your mental and physical health and wellbeing. It is important to look after yourself well so that you can continue to care for the person with dementia.
Try to eat a well-balanced diet, with at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. A healthy diet will be beneficial for the person you care for too.
Taking regular exercise is good for your health both physical and mental. You could try going for a walk or taking up an exercise class, or doing a crossword for example. Whatever you choose should be fun and something that you want to do.
Spending time enjoying your hobbies and interests is good for your mental and physical health.
Try to get enough sleep. Sleep is very important as it helps the brain and body recover from fatigue. It can be difficult if the person you care for has disturbed nights. You may find it easier to sleep when the person you care for is sleeping and may be able to take advantage of daytime naps.
If you need to take a break from care of a loved one to rest, or if you're finding the care a difficult task to take on every day we can help you by arranging a carer to come and live with your relative and take care of them. Please contact Pamela on 01264 319 399 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find our more about arranging live-in care.