Compiled Self-Care Resources for Parents, Family Members and Caregivers
This is a compilation for articles about the importance of self-care as well as helpful strategies for parents, family members and caregivers.
Caring for children with intense needs can take an emotional (and physical) toll on parents
Caring for yourself is one of the most important—and one of the most often forgotten—things you can do as a caregiver. When your needs are taken care of, the person you care for will benefit, too.
Caregivers who pay attention to their own physical and emotional health are better able to handle the challenges of supporting someone with mental illness.
In fact, self-care can be one of the best ways for parents to not only meet their own needs, but also their family responsibilities. Once you view self-care through the correct lens, it’s easy to see that it’s anything but selfish.
Caring for a child with autism can be physically exhausting and emotionally draining. Parenting responsibilities can create extraordinary stress. Trying to balance your time and energy with the needs of your other children, the needs of your marriage and your own personal needs is not easy. It takes time to find a good balance and put it into practice.
Because even the most calm and collected parent can be feeling overwhelmed right now, this article offers some ways in which we all can attempt to better control our emotions and actions.
Self-care is not selfish or indulgent—it’s how we keep ourselves well to ensure we are physically, emotionally, and mentally capable of being there for our young children.