It is hard to care for others when you're overtired, stressed-out, and rundown. Try to take some time for yourself every day. Start by taking 5 or 10 minutes to do an enjoyable and relaxing activity. Here are some suggestions from other parents:
  • Take a walk, stretch, or enjoy some other type of exercise
  • Read a book or magazine - just for fun
  • Talk to a friend
  • Sit down and have a cup of tea
  • Watch a sports event on television
  • Go to a movie
  • Meditate, or at least take a few deep breaths
  • Take a nap
  • Take a bubble bath
  • Go to sleep a few minutes earlier each night for a week

Asking for Help

Raising a child with special needs can be tiring and overwhelming. There may be times when you feel angry, frustrated, or when you blame yourself. Sometimes you may feel sad or anxious. It is normal to have any or all of these feelings at times.

Remember that you need care too. Talk to someone you trust about your feelings. Emotional support can come from friends, family, other parents, support groups, and health care providers. You are doing a very important job. You don't need to do it alone. There are many kinds of help and support. It is okay to ask for help.