How does caring affect your life?
Caring can have many positive and rewarding aspects, but there are lots of reasons why caring can also leave you needing support.
Caring can have an impact on many aspects of your life — physical health, finances, isolation, stress, mental health, time, family commitments, housing or work-life balance.
Issues that impact on Carers
• Caring can lead to poverty, you may not be able to afford things like heating, rent, transport or food. You worry about managing your welfare and finances.
• Caring can cause you to worry and leave you feeling isolated, you may not know what or how to access supports and services, you may not be able to meet friends and get out and about. You may feel you have no one to talk to.
• Caring can leave you exhausted, physically tired or emotionally drained, maybe impacting on your mental health you may suffer from a lack of sleep or feel stressed
• Caring may cause you Pain, you may be lifting and handling your loved one or equipment that causes you pain and discomfort, leading to other health issues
• Caring may mean you suffer from a lack of sleep and have concerns or difficulties and need respite or a short break