When you’re a parent to a special needs child, you have way more on your plate than you ever expected to have to manage. This means that you’re going to have to find a way to manage your stress levels rather than simply ignoring it and hoping that it goes away.
Visualize Positive Solutions to Problems
It’s really easy to get caught up in the negative possibilities that accompany problems, but you don’t have to get stuck there. Take a few minutes to imagine all sorts of possible solutions to problems, including the worst and the best. Acknowledging that there are a wide variety of possible answers can help you to face reality, but spend some time actively visualizing the positive solutions whenever possible. This can help you to put actions behind those possibilities.
Embrace Positivity in General
In fact, although it might seem a little bit silly, positivity in general can be a powerful tool for you when you’re dealing with constant stress. It’s not about ignoring reality. What you’re doing instead is trying to keep your attitude and your outlook as positive as you can. Surround yourself with positive people and try for upbeat as often as you can.
Look for Opportunities to Reframe Situations
When you’re faced with a difficult or negative solution, take the time to reframe it. What seems at first blush to be a problem can actually be something that teaches you quite a lot about parenting and about what your child needs from you. When you look at problems as educational opportunities, you can reframe them as lessons instead.
Take Time for Yourself
You can’t deal with constant stress day in and day out and expect that you’ll be fine with that. Taking time away from your special needs child may feel especially selfish, but it absolutely isn’t. Experienced pediatric home health care providers can take over for you and allow you to recharge and refresh yourself so that you’re able to come back and pick up right where you left off. If you don’t take time for yourself, it’s going to be that much more difficult to manage your stress at all.
Every day is slightly different. Do what you can to manage what is going on with that in mind. If you need additional help managing the situations you run into, find a counselor that you trust who can help you learn tools and tricks you can apply every day.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of Pediatric Home Health Care Services in Macungie PA or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610) 200-6097.
Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc.
Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author
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