Your Physical Health

Caring can be rewarding but it can also be very tiring, placing demands on your physical health.

Physical health describes the condition of your body. It can refer to your physical activity level, sleep cycle, diet and nutrition. The demands on carers can be overwhelming and finding the time to look after your own physical health can be difficult.

However, it’s paramount that you look after yourself in order to care to the best of your ability.

Check out the information below to help keep your physical health as good as it can be.

Caring and Menopause

Around 60% of unpaid carers are women. Most women will experience symptoms of the menopause. Some women will experience few, or no, symptoms. But for some, they can be quite severe and have a significant impact on all aspects of everyday life, including caring for a loved one.

Incontinence

As a carer, incontinence of the person you care for can add pressure to an already stressful situation. In this section we cover some of the issues that make incontinence so difficult to deal with, and tips on how to cope with these concerns.

Exercising at Home

We understand that being a carer means it is often hard to make time for regular exercise or even get out of the house. There are lots of fun and varied workouts you can do at home to keep you active and feeling motivated.

Sleeping Well

Having disturbed nights or having problems sleeping is a common issue for carers. Occasionally having a disturbed night may not affect you the following day, but if you are having trouble sleeping for longer than a night or two, then everything will seem harder.  Read on for some tips to improve sleep habits.

Health Checks

Whilst caring for someone else it is easy to neglect your own health. A health check could help identify early signs of any problems and help keep you healthy.

Eating well

When you are caring for someone else, it’s easy to put your own needs second. This can impact the way you eat and the nutritional choices that you make. Quick convenience foods can seem like the best option, but it is important that you make the best choices to look after your long term health.