Taking care of yourself
Your health and wellbeing
Looking after your own health can give you the energy and vitality you need for your role as a support person. Make sure you:
Your emotional health
As a carer, it is important to look after your own emotional needs. Maintain your own emotional strength so you can continue your caring role.
Friends and family can offer great emotional support, but when times get tough, you may find it helpful to speak with a healthcare professional. Start by speaking about your feelings with your GP. They may then refer you to a specialist counselling service, such as a psychologist, social worker or counsellor, if needed.
Remember that you are an important part of the care team and your wellbeing is vital to being able to provide support. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you feel you need it. Know your limits and have a plan in place to hand over to others when needed.
Support Services for Carers
Diabetes Tasmania offers a free Helpline, through which people with diabetes and their carers can access diabetes information, education programs, peer support groups, and other events. Call us on 6215 9000 or 1800 637 700.
Carers Tasmania can provide you with counselling and practical resources to support you in your caring role.
Taking regular breaks from caring will help you avoid burning out.
You may also wish to explore your local community for support programs.