Whether rest takes the form of relinquishing your responsibilities for a couple of hours, having a relaxing day to yourself or enjoying a several-week-long holiday, it is vital for both caregivers and the people they look after.
Recognising the importance of rest can help carers avoid burnout, reap the benefits of a change of scenery and ensure their own mental and physical health is taken care of.
At Calvert Exmoor, we are committed to providing exciting, accessible holidays for people with disabilities and their carers. We understand how vital it is that caregivers have the opportunity to spend time with the people they care for outside of the caring role, trying new things together.
Finding the Time to Rest
Being a caregiver is a rewarding role, but it is often one that can be demanding. Finding time for yourself as a carer can sometimes seem a low priority in face of other challenges.
A sense of personal well-being for caregivers improves the relationship with those they care for through the reduction of stress. Sometimes, those who require care can feel like a burden to their carers, and caregivers can feel overwhelmed by the responsibility within the routine of looking after someone else.
A Chance to Care For Your Own Needs
When you have someone else’s needs at the forefront of your mind, it can be easy to let your own well-being fall to the wayside. But, you cannot care for someone else as effectively if you don’t first attend to your own mental, physical and social needs.
Fun activities alongside the individual you look after, whether it’s for several hours or a longer accessible holiday, means you can enjoy the thrill for yourself, helping to remove some of life’s pressure.
With built-in time for something different, you ensure you do have the time to care for yourself, recharge and experience the same things your care users are.
New Opportunities Together
For some, looking after themselves, as well as someone else can feel like a never-ending task, often leaving caregivers feeling socially isolated and withdrawn. A change of scenery and the chance to try new things can help ease the sense that, as a caregiver, you are trapped in a bubble or restricted by your normal routine.
When visiting a dedicated activity centre like Calvert Exmoor, both you and the person you care for can more easily get out there and dare to do something different! By offering a range of accessible and inclusive activities, there is a way for everyone to get involved.
Adventure Activities for Everyone
We believe that nobody should be left out. Whether it’s abseiling, climbing, or horse and carriage riding, we understand the value of offering unforgettable experiences that are accessible to people of all abilities.
Our holidays are designed for everyone and provide a great opportunity to find recuperation through adventure while still spending time with those you care for. We understand that needing rest is not always about getting away from the person you look after, but it can sometimes be undertaking new and exciting experiences to bring you closer together.
If you or someone you know is a caregiver that is looking to try something new with the people they look after, please do not hesitate to get in touch to find out more about our accessible breaks.
Looking after your mental and physical wellbeing is essential as a carer. It may feel challenging because much of your time is devoted to caring for a loved one. However, it is beneficial for both you and the person you are looking after to treat yourself with appreciation.
Here at Calvert Trust Exmoor, we provide outdoor adventure activities in Devon for people of all ages and abilities. We support and encourage all our guests in a safe environment in trying new experiences. In our blog, we offer our advice on the importance of taking the time to support your mental health.
Being Appreciative and Understanding Of Yourself
Understanding that you are only human is important in accepting that you can only do so much as one individual.
Acknowledge the things you can do to care for your loved one and try to identify areas where you could use some support.
It is also essential to not compare your responsibilities and feelings to other carers in a similar position. They are not you, and each circumstance will be different. Each situation will have its challenges that people outside of it may not know about or understand.
Finding Someone to Talk To
Having a listening ear that you genuinely trust can help significantly if you feel like you are struggling as a carer. The person you share your thoughts with might be another family member, a friend, or you may prefer to discuss your feelings with someone who is not familiar with your circumstances, such as a counsellor.
There is no right or wrong person to speak to, as long as you feel like you can open up to them. Talking through how you feel can help you to work out how to manage any difficult emotions. Sharing how much you do as a carer can also help others understand how they could offer additional support.
Talking might also relieve any feelings of isolation. With the responsibility of care on your shoulders, it can help you to change your perspective. If things feel like they are too much, you should try and speak to someone as soon as possible.
Making Time For Yourself
This can be hard if you feel overwhelmed by responsibilities as a carer, but it shouldn’t be overlooked. If you find that you don’t have sufficient time for yourself, working out how you can should be a priority.
One or two hours a day might help you to maintain your mental health at a healthy level. It can give you time to do something for yourself, such as exercising, socialising, or simply taking a relaxing bath. Small and consistent things to look forward to can be very uplifting as well as motivational.
Prioritising the Basics
Keeping on top of the basics is an essential part of managing your mental wellbeing. Ensuring you are getting the required amount of sleep, a healthy diet and enough exercise can all positively contribute.
Family time is an integral part of anyone’s life, and enjoying an activity holiday altogether can be just what you need. Here at Calvert Trust Exmoor, we provide accessible holidays for everyone to enjoy and ensure that all our guests are supported in our activities. Why not browse our site to discover more about the holidays we provide or speak to one of our team today for more information calling 01598 763221. You can also email email@example.com