Carers Week: Millions of Reasons to Care
15-21 October 2023
At BrainLink we understand that caring can be stressful. When we are feeling stressed, our thoughts and concerns often churn over and over in our mind.
Long term negative stress can impact many areas of our life such as sleep, mood, and our overall health. Finding a way that SETTLES the mind may be helpful.
Here are some suggestions:
Stay focused on the here and now and avoid thinking too far into the future and take each day one step at a time.
Engage and stay connected to friends, family and support networks.
Thoughts are thoughts, not necessarily facts. Be alert to negative thoughts and don’t give them power.
Treat people with kindness, support others through this time of uncertainty.
Limit information and time on unhelpful media. Constant exposure to anxiety-fuelling stories drives panic and uncertainty.
Exercise is key, research shows that good physical health is critical for a healthy mind, focus on good sleep, eating well and working out
Seek help if you are concerned about yourself or others.