While caring for our nearest and dearest can be extremely rewarding and fulfilling, it can also be exhausting, overwhelming and frustrating and leave us running on empty.
This is especially the case if you already have a demanding caring job, such as working in the health or care sector, outside of your caring responsibilities. It's easy to start to neglect our own needs when the needs of those we love and care about demand so much time and energy.
But your needs are important too and if you neglect taking care of yourself it's likely that your wellbeing will be compromised and you could find that you eventually have nothing left to give.
If you're finding that being a carer is impacting on your mood or general wellbeing there's support out there for you, including the resources on this site. Talk to one of our wellbeing practitioners via live chat for more.
People caring for loved ones are known to benefit from talking to others who are also caring for family and friends as they can learn and be supported by people who may have been through similar experiences. The organisations we have listed below may be able to help you to find a support group.
- Carers UK is the UK's only membership charity for carers. It aims to improve life for carers and campaigns on their behalf to champion their rights and give them a voice. Read Keeping calm and well: tips for you and those you care for
- Carers Trust campaigns for change for unpaid carers. They help to improve the support, services and recognition for those who provide caring support for their friends and families by targetting policy-makers to put the needs of carers on their agenda.
- YoungMinds suggests some helpful advice for young carers.
- Mind.org.uk - For advice and support for your own mental health, practical help for carers, local and peer support for carers and support for young carers
- NHS England - Commitment to carers - Carers toolkit