Taking care of yourself (it's more important than you
Getting enough sleep?
Eating healthy meals?
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.
Greatly increased risk
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:
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
Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Carers *Australian Carer's Health and Wellbeing Survey 2007