About energy to care.
Looking after a friend or family member when they need care can be
immensely rewarding but it can also be incredibly stressful and exhausting
at times. And without the right support, it can take a serious toll on your
own health, often leaving you without enough energy to care.
Together with the help of carers, health experts and MEND, Bupa and Carers UK
have developed Carewell: energy to care. This section will provide you with helpful tips to give you more energy to care and it’s been designed so that you can easily dip in and out of sections quickly when you need to.
Caring can place huge demands on your time and energy, so there will probably be many times during your week when you feel your stress levels rising. But while experiencing stress is unavoidable at times, the last thing you want is for it to start affecting your health and energy to care.
This section focuses on: what stress is, how to identify it, how to deal with it and how to cope with it when it is unavoidable.
With all your time and energy focused on caring for someone, eating healthily is probably the last thing on your mind. Especially if money is tight too – then it can seem almost impossible. But introducing a balanced diet doesn’t have to cost the earth or take up too much of your time. And getting the nutrients you need, will help you feel less tired and improve your overall wellbeing.
This section discusses: what is a balanced diet, what foods give you most energy to care, what foods you should cut down on, how to fit healthy eating into your busy schedule and how to snack and drink healthily.
The idea of fitting physical activity into the day will be very remote for many carers. But if you plan ahead and get yourself into the routine of doing a little bit every day you’ll soon reap the benefits. You’ll start to feel more energetic and better able to care.
This section shows you: what physical activity is, how much you should be doing, ways of fitting exercise into your lifestyle and ways of making it more fun.
Sleep is important for everyone, but especially for carers. A good night’s sleep will set you up for the day ahead and help you cope with any challenges you face. Not getting enough sleep can leave you feeling drained and overwhelmed by daily tasks. But it’s not particularly easy to get a good night’s sleep when you’re caring for someone. Your sleep may get disrupted because you need to be there for that person in the middle of the night.
This section focuses on: how much sleep you should be getting, how your environment and routine can effect your sleep, how to manage caring through the night and how other elements of your health can effect your sleep.