Filling your cup: 13 self-care tips to get your energy back when caregiving
Caring for someone with a mental illness can be arduous and stressful, and more so when caring for someone with severe mental illness. Such is the impact of caring for the mentally ill that studies have shown that carers face mental ill health as a direct consequence of their caring role and experience higher rates of mental ill health than the general population.
It is therefore important for you as a caregiver to take care of yourself. Not only is it essential for your mental health, it’s also imperative for long-term caregiving. To ensure that this happens, schedule regular breaks into your routine. This allows you to make plans in advance, it gives you something to look forward to and ensures that the person you look after knows what to expect.