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Simple ways to take a break 

When submerged within the routine that often accompanies caring, it can sometimes be forgotten that having a break is your fundamental right. If the perceived expense makes the idea of taking a break seem inconceivable, consider the ways you could get some relief at low cost or no expense at all.

As well as reading, writing, walking or other outdoor pursuits like running, you may desire to find a social outlet. Many local clubs have low membership fees or you may wish to visit a gallery or museum with a group if art or history floats your boat. As well as being good for your health, group classes such as yoga or learning a new language can lead to new friendships and a renewed sense of self. 

Funding

On the other hand, it is also worthwhile to see if you're entitled to any funding. Our pages about assessments provide more insight into the process and what's involved for both you and the person you care for. They provide more details about contacting your council or local health and care social trust (Nothern Ireland) to find out more and know what to expect.

Seeking further support

In terms of sources of support available, some are less obvious than others. Your doctor may be able to give you some lifestyle tips and advice, especially if you make them aware of the demands placed on your health by caring. Some charities and trusts also offer one-off grants which may be another avenue to look into. Our web page 'Grants and schemes' offers more guidance.  

Also, our forum offers peer-to-peer tips and advice, especially from those who have already experienced the challenges and opportunities around gaining support to take a break.

For more information about sources of support, see our factsheet Taking a break or contact local organisations near where you live

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