Being a parent to a child who has special needs takes caregiving to new levels. You’re likely stretched to your limits often and you need to learn how to manage your stress in a healthy way.
Learn to Recognize Increased Stress in Yourself
Everyone has a set of patterns that occur when they’re under a great deal of stress. Start tracking how you’re feeling in a journal or just in a spiral notebook. You’ll start to recognize what it looks like when your stress levels are increasing.
Be Realistic about What You Can Do
One huge cause of increased stress levels is that you’re trying to do way too much yourself. Start being more realistic with yourself about what you can accomplish during every day. If you’re finding it difficult to stick to what you know you can do, you may have to start saying “no” to more obligations that you can weed out for now.
Get Help When You Need It
As you’re starting to get more realistic about what you can and can’t do on your own, you’re probably realizing that you need more help. Asking friends and family members for help can be difficult, but it’s imperative. You can also work with pediatric home health care providers to get experienced help that you can rely on.
Schedule in Time Just for You
You probably already feel as if your schedule is crammed as full as it can possibly get, but it’s time to start scheduling in time that’s just for you. Doing this on a regular basis can help you to relieve stress before it builds up to the point that it becomes unmanageable for you. Take time to read, to catch up with friends, or to take a class you’ve wanted to take.
Try to Stay Positive as Much as Possible
Keeping your own attitude as positive as you possibly can is another aspect of stress management that can be a little difficult. Try keeping positive affirmations in places you can see them often, like on the coffee maker or your bathroom mirror. The more you can remind yourself of positivity, the easier it is to remain positive.
You may find that you need to work a little bit at finding the right stress management plan for you. Take the time that you need and remember to be gentle with yourself as you find that happy medium.
If you or a loved one are considering Pediatric Home Health Care Services in McKees Rocks PA, please call and talk to the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Pittsburgh at (412) 693-6009. We will answer all of your questions.
Laura has earned her MBA in Health Care Administration from Canisius College, a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is currently a CPR/First Aid Instructor for the American Red Cross. Laura has sat on three Professional Advisory Committees throughout the community, has been on the Board of Directors for a non-profit nursing home, currently acts as an Advisory Board Member for the Allegheny County Respite Care Coalition, Gateway Health Plan, and the North Allegheny School District Elementary Advisory Council. She is also an active committee member of the Southwestern PA Partnership on Aging, Twilight Wish Foundation and Marshall Elementary Yearbook Committee.
Raising four active children with her husband Brian, she seems to spend more time on baseball and soccer fields than she does at home which helps her appreciate their family vacation time even more.