Our sense of health and wellbeing is often affected by small changes in life and caring can often lead to significant life changes such as having to give up work, loss of social networks, being unable to pursue hobbies and past times and a reduced family income, or in the worst cases – financial hardship.
We have developed a range of services that help you to stay connected, enjoy some much-deserved time out and possibly learn a new hobby.

Carers tell us that the impact of caring is not just physical, they have increased levels of anxiety, depression, stress and poor sleep patterns; these are often intensified by social isolation and loneliness.

Here are a few things you should think about:

Eat properly
As a carer, eating a balanced diet is essential to provide your
body with all the nutrients it needs. A balanced diet will keep
your bodystrong and give you enough energy for yourself and
help you to provide the best care for the person you are caring
for.
Factsheet: Healthy eating
Look after yourself emotionally
Caring can be hard sometimes, and many carers can get
depressed or anxious. Speak to someone - us, other carers,
friends or family members - about how you feel. Tell your
doctor if you’re feeling low and ask what help they can give
you.
Factsheet: Managing anxiety and depression
Get a good night’s sleep
We understand this is sometimes easy to say and difficult to
achieve. However, getting plenty of rest is important to your
long-term health and well-being.
Factsheet: Better sleep
Don’t become isolated or feel alone
Get in touch with other carers or other people with
interests similar to yours. We have six Carers Cafes
around the borough. If it’s difficult to get out, you could
join an online group if you have access to a computer.
Factsheet: Loneliness and social isolation
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Guide for GPs to identify and support the carers