If you’re parenting a child with special needs, then you’re probably all too aware of the fatigue that comes with having to be aware and fully present for your child most of the time because they require more of you not only physically but emotionally too. But if you are feeling more fatigued than usual, Cris Johnson has some tips to help you nip this in the bud before it becomes too problematic.
Determine your level of fatigue
First things first, though, is to determine your level of fatigue to see whether anything needs to be done about it. Moreover, excessive fatigue is not always that easy to diagnose and treat, which is why this should be identified and treated sooner rather than later. Here’s how to assess if you require help in this area.
Is your parenting still as effective?
One way to assess if fatigue has gotten the better of you is by taking a look at whether your parenting is still as effective. If you are suffering from burnout as a parent then you may be experiencing telltale signs such as irritability, depression, loneliness, shame, and more which may preempt you to seek out help as soon as possible.
Your sleep pattern has been altered
It could be that fatigue is actually making you feel more wide awake at night than usual. If so, you may need to investigate what it is that is making you overly tired at night to the point where you can’t fall asleep, and then work at addressing these issues so that you can get the rest you need.
For example, you may feel the need to seek out professional help if you feel like you can’t cope on your own anymore, in which case why not seek out medical care online? Your next online doctor appointment could be just a tap away, where you have many options regarding a treatment plan for your condition. And the best thing about it is that it can be done from home, fitting into your schedule as you care for your child. Apart from flexibility, online appointments are often more affordable, and you’ll have an easier time getting prescriptions filled.
How has your social support been?
Having a support network on call is vital for a special needs parent, especially if you feel like you could benefit from the advice and support from other parents in similar situations. Therefore, don’t hesitate to reach out to support networks like Mommies of Miracles or a Different Dream to have access to that valuable support you can lean on.
Balance is necessary
It can be easy to fall into the trap of becoming too inward-focused, especially if you are starting to feel consumed by the duties and responsibilities of a full-time caregiver. However, it is vital that we don’t neglect other areas of our lives that are also important such as our social lives, our hobbies and interests, our significant others, and our families because it is when we find that balance in all areas of our lives that we become even better parents and humans overall.
Going along with that, it might seem counterintuitive that the solution would be to add more work onto your plate – but if you’re feeling unfulfilled and have been putting off your dreams of starting your own business, for instance, you could be selling yourself short. Consider launching a small side-hustle in an area that you enjoy (crafts, cooking, or music lessons, for instance). In terms of marketing, you can save a bundle by simply using an online logo maker for free, then spreading the word about your new business via social media. It could be just the boost you need to replenish!
Being the best parent we can be
As parents of special needs children, it is vital that we take the time to value ourselves as parents. Furthermore, because the journey can be trying at times, it is essential to pay attention to our own needs, and even get help where necessary to ensure that we are giving this gift we call parenthood all that we can.
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