• Claire Cook

#61 | Results from 30th March

Here are the results from yesterday’s Mobilise Moments poll.

Physical health

Yesterday we asked: In general, how would you say your physical health is?

Over a third (34.1%) of us have poor or very poor health. It may be fair to assume that caring for someone else, when our own physical health is poor cannot be easy.

Anecdotally, there may be correlations between those of us with poor physical health and those of us experiencing poor mental health:

While 34.1% of us stated that our physical health was poor or very poor, a similar 38.4% of us stated that our mental health was poor or very poor (MM#59).

Interestingly the responses for 'good' mental and physical health are very similar too. With 18.2% of us feeling we have good physical health, and 19.2% of us feeling we have good mental health (MM#59).

It is incredibly important that we continue to look after ourselves. To allow us to live our own best lives, but also (if we chose to), to continue caring from a place of replenishment and health.

We know this is easier said than done. So let's start with one small thing for ourselves and see if we can create a momentum:

This one small thing might include:

  1. Booking a Carers Assessment, if we haven't had one or it's been a while and our caring role has grown.

  2. Booking a health check with our GP.

  3. Going for a walk (if we're able to).

  4. Finding a zoom exercise class at our level (Our local carers' centres often run classes).

  5. Doing that one thing we know our body needs.

  6. Drinking more water.

  7. Putting ourselves first.

Here's Miss Piggy to get us in the mood...

Get support in your caring role, contact your local carer centre. Find out who is closest using this nifty tool from the Carers Trust.

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