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Are You Burnt Out? 4 Steps for Creating a Self-Care Plan if You Have Children with Special Needs

You may love your child and spend most of your time prioritizing his or her needs — but are you neglecting yourself in the process?  Caregiver fatigue is a real phenomenon. Learn more about why parents of kids with special needs such as autism, cerebral palsy, and other physical and developmental disabilities frequently struggle with burnout. Figure out how to diagnose and treat your level of fatigue and treat its causes to live a happier, more peaceful life with your child.

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How To Determine Your Level of Fatigue

Before you can develop your own treatment plan, you need to understand why your current situation isn’t working. Start by asking yourself the following questions to rate your parental satisfaction:

  • How are you sleeping?
  • Is your child having a difficult time in school or at home?
  • Do you have time for your spouse?
  • Are you able to see close family and friends?
  • Do you eat well?
  • Do you get enough rest?
  • Do you make time for exercise?

4 Steps for Prioritizing Your Self-Care

Learning to care for yourself isn’t selfish. According to experts, it’s a necessary part of parenting.  Consider the following steps for taking care of yourself so that you can best care for your child.

1. Get Something Small for Yourself

You can make your life a bit brighter by focusing on small things first: Consider ordering yourself flowers as a pick-me-up. Use an online service to build your own bouquet or opt for a curated combination. Learn more here.

Alternately, you could buy yourself a cup of coffee once a week from your favorite shop, try an online fitness class with Paul Eugene, or order something for yourself or your home that you’ve been putting off.

2. Treat Underlying Mental Health Issues

Burnout and fatigue can be situational, but they can also accompany anxiety and depression. A downside to treating your caregiver fatigue at home can be that you overlook treatable mental health problems. If you have any symptoms of depression, such as decreased or increased appetite, insomnia or sleeping too much, lack of pleasure in things you normally enjoy, or the loss of the desire to socialize, please ask your doctor for an assessment.

3. Consider Your Future

Have you put your own dreams on hold to take care of your family’s needs? If you’ve always wanted to start your own business, for example, take this time to research the details. Consider setting up a limited liability company to gain tax advantages and legal flexibility. Ensure that you check with your state before filing any paperwork as many areas have different rules and regulations for LLCs.

4. Seek Counseling

Counseling for yourself, you and your spouse, or for the whole family may help you feel more confident in your choices. It’ll also help you to develop a more foolproof self-care plan.

Try online counseling if you are unable to leave the home for in-person counseling on a regular schedule. You’ll be able to choose from a wider array of mental health professionals for virtual therapy. Then there’s the cost of a therapist. You’ll save money on commuting expenses, as well as be able to take advantage of free initial consultations. Read through profiles online to determine who matches your needs and offers a free consultation.

Parenting is often challenging but navigating special needs while trying to do your best to raise a child may feel exhausting at times. Begin with the steps listed here, and don’t be afraid to seek professional help for burnout and fatigue when needed.

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