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Taking Self Care

Being a foster carer can be a hard and often stressful role.  It’s important to take care of yourself every bit as much as the children in your care.

Often as carers or parents we put the needs of children and our families first and neglect our own needs.  So, here are 5 top tips to ensure you stay healthy both mentally and physically during quarantine.

  1. Get enough sleep – Sleep is one of the best things that we can give our bodies. Not getting enough sleep leads to things such as not being able to focus as well. Give yourself that time out to relax. Get into a bedtime routine to help you maintain the hours you sleep at night.
  2. Exercise – This is a very important aspect of selfcare and a good way to keep your mind and body healthy. This doesn’t mean having to work out for hours daily, just around 30 minutes of exercise per day will help you to feel better!
  3. Take time out to relax – Give yourself some time out, read your favourite book, watch a film or whatever you enjoy that helps you zone out for a little while It is important for everyone to relax and chill out regularly. 
  4. Time out from your phone and other devices –Take a break from scrolling through social media and connecting with friends. Sometimes it’s good to have a break from your devices and switch off.
  5. Eat nutritious foods – Although it is defiantly good to treat yourself with sweet treats every once in a while, eating foods that is good for your body will help you to feel more energised.

Testimonials

This job is probably one of my favourites. Every day is different, every day has new challenges and every day has new rewards. It’s not always easy but each challenge you go through with the child bonds you and makes you both stronger for each other.

Foster Carer
Foster Carer

We have been fostering for the last 8 years and feel proud to be a part of the Sunbeam family. At the beginning, we thought it’s a tough job, but the skills to foster initial training and the whole assessment procedure to become a carer was interesting, and it gave us both a broad insight into both the tough and rewarding side of what we were likely to encounter.

Hannah and Kashif
Hannah and Kashif

“Fostering is a rewarding experience as it allows you to actually make a difference for a child/young person. I feel happy being able to make such a difference whether it is for one day or several years.”

Asma
Asma

“When they told me that I had been approved for fostering, well I just cried. I was an emotional wreck and was so happy that I just couldn’t hold back my very, very, happy tears.”

Karen Thorn
Karen Thorn

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