“When you become a special needs parent, you’re so entrenched in doing what needs to be done, that you often don’t ask for help,” Jennifer Akers, Project Director at Family Voices Indiana says.
“But you need help because if you don’t fill your bucket, you might not respond in the right way when your child needs you.”
Self-care is often the last thing on a caregiver’s list. The thought of relaxing, being alone, or doing something for YOU can seem selfish. When the person you are caring for has many needs, how could you step away for an hour to take a nap? Or go to yoga? Or see a friend?
The answer is, you must! Though breaking away and doing something for yourself isn’t a warm and fuzzy feeling right now, it will give you something that everyone in your family will benefit from, which is your best.
Here are three easy steps to allowing yourself the time you need:
- Ask for help
- Seek support
- Let others help
Read more about how to use these three steps in your life here.
NOTE: This feature references remarks made from an article at Indy’s Special Child.