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How do you take a break?

For many carers, taking care of themselves is often their last priority. Taking Care of Yourself encourages carers to consider their own needs. In this forum, carers explore the key barriers to focusing on self care and investigate ways to overcome these barriers.

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How do you take a break?

Unread postby Matt (CPC Admin) » Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:25 am

At times, carers needs to take a break to help them cope and relieve the stress and exhaustion they feel. Taking a break carers to restore some balance in their lives, to become involved in activities, catch up with friends and family, or just have some time out.

What do you do to take a break? Was it difficult to take a break for first time?
Matthew Elder
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Re: Taking a break

Unread postby Emmaaa » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:06 am

I like to go for a walk to the water. We're lucky to live close enough to a bay to be able to do so. Its great to clear the head when things get to crazy at home.

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Re: Taking a break

Unread postby Margie_girl » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:16 am

Work is my respite =) Sitting at my desk gives me a break each day. :D

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Re: Taking a break

Unread postby HeatherCares » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:14 pm

Walks in nature are great.
Sit with a cuppa at a local cafe and simply watch the world go by.

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Re: How do you take a break?

Unread postby Keith.C » Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:54 pm

Any break for exercise - be it a walk or anything - double benefits!

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Re: How do you take a break?

Unread postby Matt (CPC Admin) » Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:08 pm

We've been looking after a friends Labrador whilst they're on holiday this week. Its been great taking her for a walk in the mornings. Who new there were so many dog owners out and about!
Matthew Elder
Education and Training Officer
Carers NSW

P 02 9280 4744 Level 10, 213 Miller Street
F 02 9280 4755 North Sydney NSW 2060
Carer Line 1800 242 636 PO Box 785 North Sydney NSW 2059
[email protected]

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Re: How do you take a break?

Unread postby jilmrsb » Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:13 am

Well, my doctor said if I couldn't take a half of an hour time out to do yoga for 1 week then she was going to change/increase??? my antidepressant.
However, considering; I'm 37 and fulltime unpaid carer to my husband 59, he had stroke recent January & part-time unpaid carer to our friend, 66, recently needed to place her in psychiatric ward to adjust her mental health medication that she didn't realise she was abusing, I am finding it a reluctant experience to do half hour yoga-just cause I don't want to and am finding this first time, time-out experience hard but not impossible to do. But now that I have shared this I feel accepting to enjoy my lush bath bombs I have been putting off. Thanks career peer connect.

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Re: How do you take a break?

Unread postby Matt (CPC Admin) » Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:29 am

Thanks for sharing this with us jilmrsb =)

Taking a break for the first time is always the hardest i find as we feel guilty for doing so. Why do we need to look after ourselves when we are caring for others? But what we don't realise is that if we dont look after ourselves, then we wont be able to look after others.

Sometimes it is about giving ourselves the permission to do the little things in life - like bath bombs! Taking a bath is my go-to at the moment when i find myself with some self-care time.
Matthew Elder
Education and Training Officer
Carers NSW

P 02 9280 4744 Level 10, 213 Miller Street
F 02 9280 4755 North Sydney NSW 2060
Carer Line 1800 242 636 PO Box 785 North Sydney NSW 2059
[email protected]


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