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Caring for Parents and Carers - Looking After Yourself so you can Look After Others

Do you tend to look after everyone else in the family and forget your own needs or put yourself last on the 'to do' list?

Can't remember the last time you did something you enjoyed that wasn't about work or your family?

Here are some links and resources that you might find helpful.  Remember these are suggestions and it's up to you how much you can take on board given your other responsibilities.  Don't see this as another thing to add to the 'to do' list, or a luxury you can only indulge in once the 'to do' list is empty (because it never is).  Looking after yourself helps others in your family because:

  • if you look after your own health you will be well enough to look after others
  • when you take time out, you can be more patient when you come back
  • you are modelling respect for yourself in the context of your family's needs rather than always making everyone else's needs the priority
  • caring for someone with a disability is a marathon not a sprint race!

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