Carers and Young Carers Wellbeing - taking care of yourself

Carers and young carers often find it difficult to take time out for themselves because of the multiple demands on them. Caring responsibilities can sometimes leave carers and young carers feeling tired, overwhelmed or frustrated, which can lead to physical, mental or emotional ill-health.

Everything we do, think, feel and believe has an effect on our wellbeing and stresses can build up which means looking after yourself is very important.

Positive things you can do to alleviate stress and stay well

  • Eat a healthy balanced diet
  • Get enough Exercise and be active
  • Get enough Sleep
  • Talk to someone
  • Take notice of what is around you in the moment
  • Learn something new
  • Connect with others
  • Give
  • Connect with nature

For more information visit www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Pages/Topics.aspx which covers a number of topics on looking after yourself and staying healthy.

Getting a break from caring can also be very beneficial to your wellbeing. Information about respite and breaks can be found at

Young Carers – How to apply for £300 grants for young carers

Adult Carers – http://sheffieldcarers.org.uk/respite/

Other Useful Websites

Let’s Talk Directory

A guide to emotional wellbeing and mental health services for children and young people in Sheffield.

Sheffield Mental Health Guide

The Sheffield Mental Health Guide is an excellent resource for anyone experiencing mental health difficulties, or for voluntary/paid workers or carers, or anyone else wanting information about mental health services in Sheffield.

Sheffield Improving Access to Psychological Therapies is an adult service offering a range of psychological therapies and giving people the right information to develop skills to overcome stress, anxiety and depression.

MIND – How to improve your mental well-being

The Mental Health Foundation – 10 ways to look after your mental health

Anxiety UK – Dealing with anxiety

Family Lives – Help and support in all aspects of family life

Big White Wall – An online community of people who are anxious, down or not coping who support and help each other guided by trained professionals

Rethink have produced a range of self-help resources for carers, families and friends, entitled ‘Caring for yourself’

Young Minds is a charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people

Gloucestershire Young Carers have produced a Fact Pack for young people who live with someone with a mental illness called Mind Myths and Me 

Gloucestershire Young Carers have also produced other resources such as a booklet designed by young carers for young people who live with someone with a drug or alcohol problems called Parents Pints and Pills