- 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.
This information is provided by the Division of Perinatal, Early Childhood, and Special Health Needs within the Department of Public Health.