You'll often have a lot on your plate.
'Some days I take care of mum, clean the house, make dinner and then go to work for 5 hours. It makes me tired but its got easier over time.'
And it can feel hard to fit everything in.
'Some days were chaos. One day I would have all the time in the world and the next day none. It took time but I realised I was forgetting things. I would have this urgent to do list because things kept spilling my mind.'
But believe in your ability.
‘I assumed paying bills was going to be this huge task. Then I realised I could do it. I now do all these things I use to associate with being adult things.’
Start by using tools to help you.
‘I learned that a calendar is one of my best friends. I'd never had to use one before I became a carer. I now realise how hard it was to remember everything without one.'
And schedule in time to recharge as well.
‘I am tired all the time if I don't take a break. I would set aside time to do my school work but never time to relax. You think “Oh, I've got a free hour. I'll cram something else in”.'
Try to chunk big tasks down into smaller parts.
‘Being a carer feels like one of these huge things. But it makes it impossible when you look at it like that. Break it up, break it down. What's the thing that you've got to get done today?’