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Your own wellbeing

Advice on health, fitness, emotions and relationships while looking after someone else, and how to get help

Time off

Most carers say they want more time off from caring. Find out how you can get a break from caring, a holiday, and regular help.

Taking care of yourself

Practical tips on taking care of your own health and wellbeing when you're looking after someone.


Advice on how to maintain relationships with the person you care for and those around you, including family and friends.

Help for you

Handy information on where to go for help for yourself as a carer, including advice on getting legal support and advocacy.

Wellbeing advice 

It's important to keep fit and healthy when you're a carer. These areas of NHS Choices can show you how to stay well.

Wellbeing tools

Use these interactive tools to assess your own wellbeing and to help you find out more about staying well.

Last reviewed: 08/04/2011

Next review due: 08/04/2013

Call Carers Direct on 0808 802 0202

Free, confidential information and advice for carers.

Lines are open 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday (except bank holidays), 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines and mobiles or you can request a free call back.

You can also ask for a call back in one of more than 170 languages including ربي, বাংলা, 中文, Français, ગુજરાતી, Polski, Português, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ, Soomaali, Español, Türkçe and .اردو.

You can talk to an adviser live online or send a query by email.

Find out more about the Carers Direct helpline.

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