Being a carer of a loved one can be challenging at times both physically and mentally. It can be extremely difficult for not just the person who is ill but also those responsible for their care. It is essential that you are taking care of your own mental health in order to take care of others.

So how can you help yourself? By making sure you are taking advantage of the available care can take a huge weight off your shoulders through lightening the workload. This can also mean you are spending more quality time with your loved one.

If you are struggling emotionally or physically it is important you reach out for help. This can come in many forms from friends and family to professional social care. If you feel like you are not coping and are taking on too much, please talk to someone about your current situation.