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The importance of self-care

Many carers neglect to look after themselves properly. This may be due to being so busy that they forget, or having no time. Carers may also feel guilty about taking time for themselves, as if they are letting the patient down.

But carers can’t give the best care to someone when they are physically exhausted or emotionally drained. If you are not well, make sure that you see the doctor, even though it may be tempting to treat your own illness as less important. And make sure that you eat well and get plenty of sleep.

Also, spend time with people other than the person you are caring for. Take time out each day to have a break, by going to the shops, going for a walk, reading a book or keeping up a hobby or class.


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