Taking care of yourself (it's more important than you think)

Are you:

  • Getting enough sleep?

  • Eating healthy meals?

  • Staying active?

  • Taking breaks?

  • Talking about how you feel?

  • When you're looking after others it's easy to forget yourself, but unless you're well you can't do much for anyone.

Taking care of YOU - keeping healthy, fit and relaxed - will help you keep going, especially through the tough times.

How do YOU measure up?

Carers have the lowest levels of wellbeing of any Australian group.*

It's important to be healthy and manage stress the best you can. So, how do you measure up? Use the two simple tools below to find out!

Carers Strain Index 

The Carers Strain Index is a quick five minute tool that outlines some of the difficulties carers face. You may not feel all of these but it’s good to note what each task means for you. A score of 7 or more yes answers indicates a greater level of stress where carer support services can be useful. 

Do you know your waist measurement?

For most people a waist measurement higher than the following is associated with increased risk of chronic disease such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.



Increased risk

Waist measurement of



Greatly increased risk

Waist measurement of





more than 94cm






more than 102cm




more than 80cm




more than 88cm

With over half the adults in NSW overweight or obese; being unhealthy has become the new ‘normal’.

Even just a handful of belly fat increases your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

The good news?  It’s never too late to make ‘healthy’ normal. 

Being active, making healthy food choices, managing your stress and taking time out are all important.


TIP: Remember, as a carer, keeping healthy, fit and relaxed will help you keep going.

Check out our easy-to-read information and tips on how to get (and stay) fit and healthy now including Healthy Living - information and tips on:
  • Healthy eating

  • Get active now!

  • Quick Quiz - Make Healthy Normal

  • FREE personal Telephone Health Coaching

  • Calculator - Find your ideal figure

  • Calculator - Burn and Balance kJ 

  • FREE mobile app - Healthy Food Choices

  • Taking a break

  • Managing your stress

  • Where to find support

  • Counselling

Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Carers

*Australian Carer's Health and Wellbeing Survey 2007