Ten Reasons to Take a Break From Caring

Over 6.5 million people in the UK are carers of a partner, child, or friend. Caring can be a physically and emotionally exhausting role, so It’s important to look after yourself so you have the energy to do the things you enjoy and carry on caring.

Caring is a full time job and often it may feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day. This shouldn’t make you feel that you can’t ever take a holiday or break. In fact if you don’t take a break you could exhaust yourself and thus not be fit enough for caring.

With that being said, taking a break doesn’t necessarily mean going on holiday, there are many different ways to wind down and give yourself a much needed rest. No two situations are exactly the same and what might work for someone else may not work for you.

Here are 10 reasons why it is important for carers to take a break from caring.

  1. Even a short break can help to reduce stress!
  2. A break can give you the time and space to look after your own health.
  3. A break can allow you to pursue a hobby or leisure activity. This could just be going for a walk.
  4. Spending quality time with friends or family may improve wellbeing and reduce feelings of isolation.
  5. A break can help you with your caring role, so you can return after a rest with a fresh mind.
  6. If you lack concentration or feel excessively tired, taking a break can have a positive effect.
  7. Making time to care for yourself is like an investment for the future!
  8. Breaks can give you some space to think about how to juggle your work-life and caring responsibilities.
  9. They can help improve your relationships, in particular with the person who you care for.
  10. Taking a break also means that the person you are looking after may enjoy a change of routine or new experiences.

If you are unable to leave the person you care for to attend any of our groups or activities, please contact the Centre and we will discuss the options available to you.