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17 Ways Special Needs Parents Can Prioritize Self-care

Remember that asking for help is not a sign of weakness but a strength in recognizing your limitations and the importance of your well-being. Different strategies will work for different individuals, so be open to exploring and finding the options that suit your unique circumstances.


Let's go over 17 ways you can ask for help when you have a child with extra needs so you can improve your personal well-being. 


1. Reach out to Family and Friends: Contact close family members and friends to share your needs and ask for support. They may be willing to lend a hand with childcare, household chores, or even provide emotional support.


2. Join Support Groups: Connect with support groups or online communities specifically for parents of children with special needs. These groups provide a platform to share experiences, seek advice, and ask for help from those who understand your situation.


3. Seek Respite Care: Look into respite care services that provide temporary relief by offering qualified caregivers who can care for your child while you take a break. Respite care can range from a few hours to overnight stays.



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4. Communicate with Your Partner: Openly discuss your needs and challenges with your partner. Collaborate to find ways to share responsibilities and support each other in caring for your child.


5. Connect with Local Resources: Research local organizations or nonprofits that offer services and support for families with special needs children. They may have programs that provide assistance, respite care, therapy services, or financial aid.


6. Consult with Professionals: Talk to your child's healthcare providers, therapists, or educators about your needs and concerns. They can offer guidance and help you access additional resources and support available in your community.


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7. Utilize Government Assistance Programs: Explore government assistance programs that provide financial aid or other support for families with special needs children. Check with your local social services agency to see what options are available.


8. Educate Others: Advocate for your child and educate your immediate community about their specific needs. By raising awareness, you may find that people around you are more willing to offer assistance or accommodate your child's needs.


9. Utilize Online Platforms: Leverage online platforms, such as crowdfunding websites or social media, to share your story and ask for support. Many people are eager to help when they learn about your situation.


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10. Prioritize Self-Care: Taking care of yourself is crucial. Don't hesitate to ask for help when it comes to self-care activities. Reach out to your support network or hire a caregiver to ensure you have time for relaxation, exercise, therapy, or pursuing personal interests.


11. Establish Boundaries: Set clear boundaries around your time and energy. Learn to say no to additional commitments that may overwhelm you and prioritize activities that replenish your energy.


12. Create Daily Rituals: Incorporate small self-care rituals into your daily routine. It can be as simple as taking a few minutes each morning for meditation, reading a book before bed, or enjoying a cup of tea in the afternoon.




13. Delegate and Accept Help: Don't be afraid to delegate tasks or accept help when it's offered. Reach out to your support network and ask for assistance with childcare, errands, or household chores. Remember, you don't have to do it all alone.


14. Pursue Hobbies and Interests: Carve out time to engage in activities that bring you joy and fulfillment. Whether it's painting, playing a musical instrument, gardening, or any other hobby, make space in your life for activities that nourish your soul.


15. Take Breaks: Schedule regular breaks for yourself, even if they are short. Use these moments to relax, practice self-care, or do something you enjoy. It could be as simple as taking a bath, going for a coffee date with a friend, or reading a book in a quiet corner.


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16. Prioritize Sleep: Adequate sleep is crucial for overall well-being. Establish a consistent sleep routine and ensure you are getting enough rest each night. If necessary, seek assistance or adjustments to your child's care routine to prioritize your own sleep needs.


17. Practice Self-Compassion: Be kind to yourself and practice self-compassion. Acknowledge that caregiving can be challenging, and it's okay to prioritize your needs. Treat yourself with the same compassion and understanding you would offer to others.


Remember, self-care is not selfish but essential for your well-being. Even small acts of self-care can make a significant difference in your ability to manage the demands of caregiving and find balance in your life.

Again, we invite you to choose one of these suggestions and implement it in your daily life STARTING TODAY!


Enjoy the movement education, 


Michelle Turner and Erin Fulks

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