Home Adult social care and health Information for carers Looking after yourself if you're a carer Caring can be very demanding, physically, mentally and emotionally, which in turn, can affect the carers health. According to Carers UK, carers are more likely to be in poor health, both physically and mentally, than people without caring responsibilities.What you can do if you are a carerRecognise yourself as a carerRecognising yourself as a carer can help you to find out how to deal with some of the emotions and feelings, as well as practical challenges that come with being a carer.Take time out for yourselfThink about the last time you went out in the evening, went for a swim, caught up on sleep, met up with friends or had a holiday? When did you last have a chance to do all the things you would like to do, but feel you can’t do while you are caring?Get enough sleepThis is sometimes easier said than done. Sleep is a vital part of our daily life and important for our physical and mental health.Talk about itCarers may find that talking about being a carer is helpful and can provide answers and a sense of relief to caring problems.Contact Support for Carers LeicestershireTelephone advice line is open from Monday to Thursday from 9.00am to 5.00pm and on Fridays from 9.00am to 4.30pm.Telephone: 0845 689 9510 (calls charged at local rates)Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTell your GP you are a carerIf your GP knows that you are a carer and that you may be under pressure at times, they will find it easier to offer the advice and support you need.Plan ahead in case of emergenciesIt may be useful to think about a situation that might happen that would result in you not being able to provide the care, and what you would do. Thinking about this in advance can make it easier to deal with if that situation occurs.The following websites are for people providing care.Leicestershire Support For CarersJoin us - Carers UKYour guide to care and support - Care and support guide - NHS ChoicesYou can look after yourself by making easy changes to your daily routine:Leicestershire Nutrition and Dietetic Service will help you with healthy eating and lifestyle choices.Change 4 Life offers help to make changes with eating, drinking and exercise habitsNHS 12-week weight loss plan and food advice is offered by NHS Choices.Physical activity helps with confidence, as well as weight loss and helps prevent and control illness. Five steps to feeling happierTry the five steps we can all take to improve our mental health Help us improve this page Hide content Was this page helpful? Yes It was helpful, but Please select a reasonthere's a broken link it's hard to understand it's incorrect it's outdated it's too long Other No Please select a reasonit didn't answer my question it's not detailed enough it's hard to understand it's incorrect it's outdated it's too long Other Details Email address We’ll only use this to ask for more detail if we need to.