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Looking after your health

Caring for someone can be rewarding but it can also be very tiring, putting a lot of demand on your physical and emotional energy. When you are simply coping day to day and responding to the needs of others, it's easy to forget your own health needs. 

Research has found that caring for others can have a major impact on a person’s health and wellbeing. If you are a carer, you are more likely to be in poor health – both physically and mentally – than people without caring responsibilities.


  • Electronic patient records

    Looking after someone can take up a lot of time, so anything that makes life easier can make a difference. Getting signed up to your GP online services could help.


  • Taking a break

    Caring for someone can be a full-time job so breaks are vital to your own wellbeing and quality of life.


  • Getting enough sleep

    Sleep is a vital part of our daily life and important for our physical and mental health. However, many carers often struggle to get a good night's sleep.


  • Caring for your back

    Most of us will suffer back pain at some stage of our lives. But as a carer, you're even more likely to be affected. Knowing how to protect your back can help to keep it in good shape.


  • Your GP

    Your GP (General Practitioner) and primary care team can provide you with invaluable support, advice and information.


  • Coping with stress and depression

    Stress and depression can affect anyone, but the pressure and expectations of caring can make carers particularly vulnerable.


  • Coping with guilt and resentment

    Caring for someone can be very rewarding and can bring you closer together, but it can also be challenging and sometimes upsetting.


  • Flu jabs for carers

    The seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and the person you care for from flu, and will prevent you being stopped from being able to care.

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