Here are just a few of the many benefits that taking regular respite breaks can have on both caregivers and the people they care for.

Whether you’re a family carer working on a professional basis or you have stepped into the role of main caregiver for a loved one, it’s very important to take regular respite breaks. It can be hard to let go and let someone else care for your loved one, but respite care is vital to your well-being.

Here are just a few of the many benefits that taking regular respite breaks can have on both caregivers and the people they care for.

Identity

It’s important to maintain your own sense of self and to take care of your own personal needs. Taking regular breaks enables you to really take a step back and understand that you are more than just your loved one’s caregiver. You are still you, and your own needs and desires are important too.

Balancing Energy

It can be hard to balance life’s responsibilities when you’re a full time caregiver and balancing too many things at once can drain the energy out of you. Taking regular breaks enables you to re-energise and be more effective in the care you provide.

Engagement

Caregivers are often so busy caring for a loved one or professionally that they suffer from social isolation. It’s important to take a break and arrange plans with your friends and family to maintain a health social life.

Space

Taking a respite break doesn’t have to mean taking a week long holiday. Many carers would find it difficult, as they don’t like to be away from their loved one for too long or be too far away in case of emergencies. A respite break can simply be a day or two to go for a long walk, a trip out with family and friends, or even just being alone for a few hours to read a good book and for you to focus on self-care.

Renewal

Regardless of your responsibilities in life, everyone has the right to spend time doing what they enjoy. Doing what you enjoy brings many benefits such as, improved mood, calms your nerves and decreases anxiety and stress. Having the time to do what makes you happy allows for a purposeful and fulfilled life.

 

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