Diary your needs into the carer routine
Make caring for yourself part of your daily routine in looking after your family member. If this is difficult to build into your schedules remember that if you are not strong you will not be able to help your loved one to the best of your ability and so you may be both yours and their physical, mental and spiritual health at risk. Plan times in your day where you have time to yourself, can enjoy your own interests and can practice activities which will keep you in tip-top shape.
A small amount of exercise every day can keep you supple, flexible and toned up. This does not have to be trips to the gym or long jogging runs. Half an hour a day focussing on simple exercises designed to stretch all areas of your body is highly effective. In turn you will find this will help to give you a spiritual and mental boost too!
Ensure you get a full quota of sleep. Seven hours is considered to be the amount needed for the average adult. If you have bad patterns of sleep visit your GP for further advice.
Make sure your caring responsibilities do not get in the way of your own nutritional needs. Often carers find themselves eating on the hoof, eating unsubstantial fast foods, or missing out completely. Ensure your body is fuelled with regular, well-balanced meals.