Caring for someone can be rewarding but it can also be very tiring, putting a lot of demand on your physical energy. Carers often neglect their own health as they are busy caring and thinking about the person they care for. Often carers have little free time and stop doing things that they enjoy, have time to sit down for a meal or see their doctor for their own health needs.

Research has found that caring for others can have a major impact on a person’s health. If you are a carer, you are more likely to be in poor health than people without caring responsibilities. It’s really important that you look after your own health and build in time for yourself.