Let’s face it – as much as being a carer is fulfilling, having to be mentally switched on and tuned in to others can be draining. Combine that with the rest of life’s demands and it can lead to stress and deterioration of mental health fast.
A University of Melbourne survey analysis1 found that among carers and support workers nearly 9 per cent reported three or more potential stressors. Check out this article for more of a breakdown on stats.
Poor mental health can cause us to be unfocused – exactly what we can’t be when we’re supporting others.
It is important to take time each day, even if it’s five minutes, to care for the carer – that’s YOU!
Mental health is something I’ve battled with since I was 18 years of age when doctors originally diagnosed me with depression. Fast forward 12 years – doctors re-diagnosed me with Bipolar II Disorder which lead to treatment that finally worked. Medical treatment is part of it (for me), but my conscious effort to do things that bring me joy is equally important such as exercise and going for walks on the beach.
How are you going to care for someone if you’re not caring for yourself?
Looking after my own mental health has assisted in providing a higher standard of care to my participants.
– Tyler Murphy
1Milner, A. ‘Are We Taking Care Of The Carers?. Pursuit.