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Irish Independent - Health & Living - - MIND YOURSELF -

EAT WELL, REST WHERE POS­SI­BLE AND EX­ER­CISE REG­U­LARLY

This might sound ob­vi­ous, says Cox, but many car­ers ne­glect these ba­sic hu­man needs: “We have found that car­ers are so busy cater­ing for the needs of a loved one that they of­ten ig­nore their own nu­tri­tional needs. “They may skip lunch or din­ner be­cause they’re so busy. They may pre­pare a very nu­tri­tious meal for a loved one but for­get to eat them­selves, which af­fects both phys­i­cal and men­tal health.”

Car­ers are of­ten time-poor, but where pos­si­ble, she ad­vises, try to rest, even if it is at the same time the cared-for per­son goes for a nap: “Try to avoid the temp­ta­tion to rush around the house catch­ing up on things.” We know that a 20-minute daily walk is good for keep­ing the heart and body healthy and also con­trib­utes to weight con­trol,” ex­plains Cox. Ex­er­cise is also an im­por­tant de-stres­sor, al­low­ing you to switch off

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