It is normal to instinctively put your family first at the expense of time for yourself. When your child has extra support needs, you may often find yourself stretched to the point of exhaustion. Puberty can bring about extra challenges for parents that may feel impossible to manage. This is a normal feeling!
Self-care doesn’t always mean trips to the spa and long massages. The amount of self-care you need and the type you require will be unique to you, so it’s important to reflect on what recharges your batteries and brings you joy. Self-care doesn’t need to take long. Doing small things throughout the day can make a big difference.
For some parents, self-care can often be easier said than done. But before you burn out, remember that when you take care of yourself, you are in a better space to take care of others. Make self-care a priority for yourself, because you are important.
Here are some questions for you to reflect on:
- How do I feel today?
- Where can I add self-care to my busy life?
- What brings me joy?
- What calms me down?
- Who are the top people I can talk to for support?