It’s a natural reaction to want to do something positive straight away, but give yourself some time. You’ll need to adjust to no longer being a carer.
You can have a lot of time to fill, which can make you feel a bit lost – without purpose or direction. It’s not uncommon to walk around the house talking to yourself.
If you don’t return to work, this may be a good time to learn something new. You could volunteer or campaign to improve current information and support for carers.
You will have to deal with some practical matters fairly quickly, such as benefits. But you don’t have to rush into decisions about what you will do next. Take your time and remember there are lots of people and organisations out there to support you.
We have more information about organising finances when you’re caring for someone with cancer.