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Caring for someone can place heavy physical and emotional demands on you as a carer. It’s important to look after yourself as well as the person you care for.
Being aware of the first signs of stress, and planning how to deal with them, can help you. You may want to:
To help look after yourself emotionally, you may wish to:
Remember that no one will expect you to do everything. You’ll need space and time for yourself if you are to cope with the demands of being a carer.
One of the most important times to schedule time off from work is when the person you’re caring for is well. Try to make this a priority - it will be good for both of you.
You may find it helpful to read our section on the emotional effects of cancer|. Or you may like to speak to one of our cancer support specialists|.
|Even short periods of time to yourself can make a huge difference. Having a hobby, such as gardening, was a good way to get some time away from caring for a few hours.
You can read other carers' tips on looking after yourself when caring for someone with cancer in our booklet Hello, and how are you? [PDF, 914 kb]| - a guide written by carers, for carers.
Content last reviewed: 1 May 2011
Next planned review: 2013
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