Parenting can be a thankless job, yet also among the most rewarding. You love your children and want what’s best, but parenting can be especially challenging for those with special-needs children. Finding balance between caring for your child and caring for yourself is difficult. Luckily, you can recognize your fatigue — and treat it — with a few of the tools below.
Assess Your Fatigue Levels
Recognizing signs of fatigue is essential to help you monitor your energy levels and adjust your parenting activities accordingly. Resolving fatigue is an important part of protecting your relationships. When you feel your best, you’re also a better parent. By answering the questions below, you’ll learn to avoid exhaustion more quickly and effectively.
- How time-consuming are your care-giving responsibilities?
- Has your child exhibited any behavioral issues?
- Describe how effective your social support has been.
- Have you experienced any symptoms related to depression, anxiety, or stress?
Set Boundaries With Others
Practicing self-care may yield unusual outcomes, but remember your goals. It’s best to give to yourself so you can give to others. Stay vigilant that you’re not taking self care to extremes or compensating for your partner’s actions. Confiding in friends can be good, but try not to burden them unduly. Seek professional help if you need to speak to someone regularly. Your new outlook on self-care may inspire you to create boundaries. Some people may resist your new perspective, but don’t give up. Knowing your boundaries also helps others to avoid being too dependent on you.
Find Mental Health Support
If you’re overwhelmed by stress and anxiety, you can access mental health services virtually. Online therapy has less time commitment than in-person therapy, but is as secure and private. You save time on travel and can access a wider variety of licensed professionals to choose from. Virtual therapy also costs less and can be covered by insurance. Taking advantage of free initial consultation offers helps you find the right match.
Improve Your Nutrition
Some research points out a possible link between nutrition and mental health. Conversely, a lack of proper nutrition can be associated with certain mental health issues. Choose fruit, nuts, or a smoothie instead of soda or chips. You’ll gain energy from complex carbohydrates and reduce your hunger through a balance of micro-nutrients.
Pursue Personal and Career Goals
Another option in your fight against fatigue is to pursue your personal goals. Becoming a parent doesn’t mean forgetting about your hobbies, interests, or dreams. You provide a better example for your children. Start your own business or hobby part-time, change careers, or go back to school. New opportunities await.
If you think going to school with a parent’s responsibilities is impossible, technology has provided a solution: You can earn many degrees including education online and at your own pace through an accredited institution. Lay a powerful foundation for your career, complete coursework online, and earn a bachelor’s degree from the comfort of your own home. Financial aid is available.
If you’re interested in pursuing a more rewarding job, make sure your resume is up-to-date and tailored to the kind of position you’re seeking. Far too often, job seekers simply send out generic resumes that don’t really highlight their skills or address the specific needs of the employer. Take the time to tailor your resume to each individual job you apply for. This means specifying your relevant skills and experience and providing concrete examples of how you’ve used them in the past. The easiest way to create a well-designed resume is to use a free resume maker. Choose a template and add your own copy, photos, and images.
Take Care of Yourself
Caring for your special needs child doesn’t have to be draining; you have help in battling fatigue. Practicing self-care, finding emotional support, strengthening yourself with proper nutrition, and working towards your personal and career goals are a few solutions.
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