Sometimes it can be difficult when supporting or caring for a family member living with dementia to make any time for you. It may be that just thinking of spending time away causes feelings of guilt.
However taking a break may help you to feel more refreshed or better able to manage competing priorities in your life, and can be important for your own health and wellbeing.
You could do something you enjoy or find relaxing. It doesn’t have totake a great deal of time and can be something really simple, for example, a soak in the bath, a walk, listening to music, going for a swim, reading a book, or spending time with a friend.
You may wish to consider participating in a support group such as a dementia friendly cinema screening or a group where people living with dementia get together and sing. There are other relaxing activities which may reduce stress such as massages or taking part in mindfulness.
If you can plan making time to do something you enjoy on a regular basis, you are more likely to adopt the habit and may be able to think of new interests or activities you’d like to try.
If you would need assistance to enable you to plan time to do something for yourself, perhaps to provide alternative supports to your family member living with dementia , please contact the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline on 0800 888 6678.
Looking after yourself leaflets
Read our leaflets on how to look after yourself when you care for someone who has dementia and coping with feelings of guilt.