Caring for a loved one can be a great responsibility which can have a major impact on all your relationships - both positive and negative.
When caring, the relationship between you and your loved one can become stronger; bonding over shared experiences, developing deeper levels of trust and open communication, bringing your connection closer. On the other hand, it can place a tiresome strain on your mental wellbeing and the relationship with other family members.
Managing all your relationships while in a caring role is important. Our five tips may help spark some ideas.
Create a weekly schedule
Creating a weekly schedule with specific set times and dates each week dedicated to spending time with your immediate family and close friends can help you maintain your relationships outside of caring role. Instead of sitting at home, be adventurous - head out for coffee, go for a walk together or plan a picnic lunch.
Regular family meetings
Regular family meetings can help carers generate open communication, allowing all family members to express their feelings without judgement. Family meetings can be an opportunity for you to discuss your needs, your personal schedule and identifying when you can spend quality time together as a family.
Take time out to relax
Taking time out for yourself should be an important part of your routine. When you plan your schedule be sure to dedicate 15 minutes of ‘me time.’ Use this time to meditate, read a book, listen to music or have a bath.
Take advantage of respite
It’s OK to need to a break and organising respite care is a valuable experience enabling you to step away from caring for a short period of time. Suncare has a number of programs and support available to help organise a suitable experience for you.
Seek support and social interaction
Support and connection with others in similar circumstances is important for helping you manage your own wellbeing and understand your feelings.
At Suncare, you have the flexibility to select the services that are most important to you.