Caregivers of special needs children often feel beaten down by their many responsibilities. They may feel as if no one understands what they are going through or even as if they are the only ones in the world in their particular circumstances. If you have been feeling like this, you desperately need to find some encouragement. Start right here with some tips for how to get through your day. Then, look around you to find other resources or mentors who will always be there to support you.
Be Honest about Your Feelings
You may feel as if you have to hide your irritation or frustration over the fact that you are providing constant care to your special needs child or that your time is often taken up with appointments. By honestly stating your emotions, you can find smart ways to address them healthfully and may even be able to start changing your negative feelings.
You Are Not Alone
Most people going through hard times feel as if they are alone. Once again, look up from your circumstances, and look around you. You may be surprised to find how many other caregivers are going through almost exactly what you are experiencing. Joining a support group for special needs caregivers may be a good place to start.
Take Time to Care for Yourself
So much of your life is taken up in caring for your special needs child that you may actually forget to take care of yourself. This does not require a major vacation. Instead, take an hour for yourself each evening to take a bath or read a relaxing book. Find someone who can look after your child for one afternoon each week so that you can get out of your house.
Never Be Afraid to Ask for Help
It is not a sign of weakness to ask for help in caring for your child. By going it alone, you take away the potential joy that someone else could gain from helping you. Plus, you risk your own physical and mental health by never giving yourself a break.
Do Not Underestimate Your Child
You may be surprised at just what your child can learn to do. Instead of looking at each day under a microscope, zoom your perspective out so that you can see what your child has accomplished in the last year or two.