Looking after yourself

It can be difficult to find the time to look after your own health and wellbeing when you are trying to balance the demands of your job with your caring responsibilities.

Maintaining your fitness and eating well will help you cope with the demands of both roles.

      — Stephen

Tips for working carers

  • Talk to your employer about flexible working arrangements, job-sharing or reducing your working hours.
  • If you feel guilty about working, focus on the rewarding and satisfying aspects of both your caring role and your job.
  • Share your feelings with family, friends, workmates or a counsellor.
  • You may be able to talk to a counsellor through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
  • Accept help from your workmates when it is offered.
  • Try to take some time out for yourself each day.
  • Plan respite care in advance so you can have a break.
  • Look after your health and wellbeing by eating well, seeing your doctor when you need to and trying to get enough sleep.
  • Try some complementary therapies, such as massage, relaxation or meditation. Call 13 11 20 for more information and audio CDs.
  • Shop online to save time and energy.
  • Stay involved in activities you enjoy. It’s a good stress relief and will give you something else to think and talk about aside from caring.
  • For more tips on combining work and care, visit workingcarers.org.au.

This information was last reviewed in January 2017
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