It is essential that you take care of yourself to maintain your energy. You have a right to take care of your needs. By looking after yourself, this will help maintain a sense of wellbeing and prevent burning out. It supports and values the importance of your individual life journey.
So what is it that you really love doing? Perhaps it is reading a book or taking a picnic to a park? Sitting quietly under a big tree or a walk on the beach? Is it catching up with friends for a chat, a game, a laugh, a cuppa or preparing a nice meal? Whatever it is that makes your heart feel nurtured, prioritise some time to do it. This can be a difficult thing to do particularly if you are a fulltime carer, but it is then even more important to find a way to make it possible.
Program a couple of time slots into the week where you can do what you want to do and not what you think needs to get done. Perhaps what you want to do is nothing at all? Perfect! Restoring you energy is vital when supporting a person with dementia. You need to look after yourself too. Remembering that your wellbeing, including all that it is (see link to domains of wellbeing) is equally important. The following are some tips to maintaining your wellbeing and to looking after yourself:
Contact a counsellor or psychologist if you need to talk to someone
Join a support group or network with people living a similar experience
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