The impacts of your caring role can lead to you feeling lonely and isolated. You may feel friends don’t pop round for a chat as much, or you’re not invited to social events as much, or that it is hard to have people to confide in. You may not feel comfortable talking to friends and family about how you feel. Many carers feel guilty if they have negative thoughts, or their patience is tested, but this is something many carers experience and support is available.

It’s important to look after your own emotional wellbeing while you are caring. While stress can be part of everyday life, it can make it hard to cope with the demands of caring and place extra demands on your relationships.

One in five of us will at some point experience depression.

Looking after yourself means knowing how to spot the signs of stress and depression early. Then, how to treat it. It’s not a sign of weakness or that you need to stop caring, it’s just a sign that you need to be kind to yourself.