Being a caregiver is a demanding and emotionally taxing role that can lead to mental health issues. However, it's vital to recognize that prioritising self-care isn't selfish; it's a cornerstone of maintaining your own health to provide the best possible care to your loved ones. Self-care doesn’t need to be expensive or time-consuming. Here, we explore some practical self-care ideas for caregivers to help you find balance and resilience in your caregiving journey.

Quality Sleep:

Prioritising sleep is the best gift you can give yourself. It not only improves your daily mood and performance but also offers long-term health benefits. Create a schedule to ensure you get enough rest, and take advantage of any opportunity to rest and recharge, even if it's a brief afternoon nap.

If you are having problems sleeping, we suggest the following:

  • Avoid screens for at least an hour before bedtime.
  • Take a warm shower or have a warm drink before bed.
  • Try a magnesium-based supplement.
  • Darken your room or invest in an eye mask.

Outdoor Walks:

Walking is a highly underrated form of exercise with numerous benefits. It boosts stamina, lowers blood pressure, enhances cognitive function, reduces stress, and improves sleep. The fresh air and sunshine make it even more rejuvenating.

Quick Resets:

A short break can work wonders for your mental well-being. A simple act like taking a shower, even in the midst of a hectic day, can help you mentally reset and find moments of peace.

Healthy Eating:

While stress may tempt you to turn to junk food, nourishing your body with proper nutrition is essential for long-term, sustainable energy. Opt for healthy foods like vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Preparing larger batches in advance can ensure you always have a healthy option at hand. (Editor's note: I love making soup and stews. They are comforting in times of stress and taste better the second or even third day. Roast chicken is also a great option as you can "set it and forget it" for a few hours."  

Social Connections:

Meeting friends or family outside your caregiving environment is essential. Don't hesitate to reach out for help when needed. Building a support network can provide emotional relief and a sense of normalcy.

In conclusion, remember that self-care isn't just beneficial for your own well-being; it's also essential for providing the best care to your loved one. Prioritising self-care is a testament to your strength and resilience as a caregiver. Embrace these practical self-care practices, and don't hesitate to seek help when needed. By nurturing your own health and happiness, you'll be better equipped to continue providing the love and support your loved one needs on their caregiving journey. is a registered NDIS provider.

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About the author : Glenn Hawes.  Glenn has been the Brolly Sheets sales and service champion for NDIS participants, since Brolly Sheets became a registered provider in May 2017.  Representing the company's website, in addition to taking telephone orders, Glenn also exhibits the brand at various trade shows across Australia.  Glenn can be reached on the telephone at 1800 809 847 or via email