Self-care can be defined as the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health; or in other words, the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during times of stress. Studies have shown that the enduring stress associated with raising a special needs child can lead a parent to being more susceptible to fatigue, anxiety, depression and issues in interpersonal relationships.
In order to parent and support to your ability for your special needs child you must also carve out the time to do things for yourself. Self-care will always be unique to the individual, never-the-less there will always remain certain commonalities.
The options are truly endless when customizing your self-care routines to meet your unique needs. Start by carving out some time in your daily schedule to create a routine that works for you, your child and your family as a whole.