Parenthood is one of the best feelings in the world. It is also a huge responsibility. Your child is dependent on you for nurture and care. You are their window to the outside world.
Raising a child with special needs comes with its own set of challenges and responsibilities. As parents, you obviously strive to give your child what is best for them. But this can only be possible when you are your best self. Looking after yourself is one of the best ways to teach your children the importance of self-love and self-care. After all, children look up to their parents and learn a great deal from them
Here are 5 simple self-care tips we are sure you will benefit from.
Joining a support group.
You or your child might be facing issues that friends and family might not always relate to. Joining a support group will give you the opportunity to share your experiences with someone who understands, without the fear of being judged.
At a support group, you and your child are likely to meet other children and parents like you and form meaningful friendships.
Start a hobby you enjoy.
Indulging in a hobby is a great way to relax and unwind. It is also a very productive way to take a break from your busy schedule.
Spend an hour every day or a couple of hours every week doing something you love. It could be anything singing, dancing, painting, baking, reading, or gardening. Pick whatever you enjoy and spend a few hours doing it. It could also be a great way to introduce your child to things you enjoy doing or enjoyed doing as a child. Imagine the joy you and your child would feel when they perfect your banana bread recipe or enjoy reading the same books you do. It could be a great bonding session for you and your child. This could be something they would cherish all their life.
Take some time off.
It is important and healthy for your child to learn being on their own or with a caretaker every once in a while. If your child’s NDIS plan covers it, you can request a professional caregiver to look after your child for some time.
Use this time to relax a little. You could go shopping, visit a spa or salon for a quick session or simply take a walk by yourself.
How will you ever look after your child if you are not healthy yourself? Take out 30-45 minutes everyday from your schedule to workout. You could go for a walk, run, join a gym or any kind of workout you like.
If stepping out and leaving your child does not seem possible, you could try yoga at home or rent a gym bike.
Experts also advice that including meditation as part of your workout regime is a good idea. It is also a great way to strike a balance between taking care of your physical health and mental health.
Celebrate your child’s progress.
As parents and caregivers, you play a huge role in your child’s progress. While they definitely deserve to be applauded for reaching their milestones, you deserve a pat on the back, too.
Use these opportunities to tell yourself that you are doing an amazing job. Celebrate by going out for a family dinner, ordering your favourite food, baking your favourite treat or even something as simple as a visit to the park.
Sometimes, it is natural to feel lost. But it is important to remember that you or your child aren’t alone. Help and support is always around. All you need to do is reach out to your loved ones. Always remember to ask for help when you feel overwhelmed, remember that you are doing your best and it’s okay to feel stressed or out of control.
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