Self Care for Carers

Staying Active

Whilst it can be difficult as a carer getting some ‘me time’ – the positive effects cannot be overstated.


If you haven’t been able to get out and about for a while it can seem overwhelming and easier perhaps just to stay put.

But there's lots of ways to begin getting active in a gentle way. Here we've collected some useful resources which we hope will help you.

Women Practicing Yoga Outdoor

Essex Carers Support runs Time 4 You – this project is especially designed for people to start thinking about how they can have a bit of ‘me time’ and will even make a contribution towards the cost to get you started.

Find out more about Time 4 You

NHS Get Fit for Free have a number of free resources for getting moving from exercises for back pain, 10 minute workouts and Couch to 5K - a programme for those of us who would like to be able to go out for a run but don't know where to start.

Visit the NHS Get Fit for Free website

Active Essex have ideas and over 200 YouTube videos on their website if you want to get more active but aren't sure where to start. They have some good ideas for Gentle Exercise.

Visit the Active Essex website

My Social Prescription is a community based scheme led by Community 360 to connect people in North East Essex to voluntary and community services to improve health and wellbeing. It is hosted on the Connects Well website.

Visit the Connects Well website

For other areas, you can find more information on the Essex Connects website.

Visit the Essex Connects website

Live Well Link Well is the local social prescribing project for people in the Tendring District. It has been funded by Essex County Council and developed with the help of a wide range of health, social care and voluntary organisations. Live Well Link workers work across Tendring. They will give you time, and can help you to find out about what is going on within the local community.

Visit the CVS Tendring website

Your local Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) will be a mine of information about what is going on locally and what might be of interest to you. Walking groups as well as other opportunities to get out and meet others.

Visit the Essex CVS website

Mindful Peak Performance use an innovative fusion of physical training and mindfulness to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of young carers and help them reach their potential.

Why not give one of the home workouts or mini meditations a go! 

Visit the Mindful Peak Performance website

Essex County Council Adult Community Learning (ACL) run courses that can give you the chance to learn something new. You can go on your own or come with your friends. They run a wide variety of courses like pottery, languages and cake decorating and also qualifications such as Access to Higher Education, accountancy, barbering, counselling and GCSEs.

Visit the ACL website

Essex Carers Support has created a short Information Sheet all about Keeping Active which you can download. 

Download the Keeping Active PDF document