Caring for a child is challenging and stressful, and becomes even more taxing when that child struggles with emotional and/or behavioral issues. When this is the case, your family will be working through many worries, fears, and concerns about your child’s future and general wellbeing.
Dealing with these emotions and daily tasks and conversations can become overwhelming. It’s important to remember to care for yourself first so that you can give your best self to these trying situations. Psychology Today recommends these seven relief strategies to help ease stress for families.
1. Take breaks – short or long. Give yourself a moment to recharge and relax. If you’re overworked and tired, emotions will run even higher.
2. Do simple things and keep life simple. Sometimes, something as simple as leaving the house for a walk can be an easy and stress-relieving everyday activity for you and your child.
3. Take advantage of what’s in your neighborhood. Look into activities and programs for you and/or your child that can provide a sense of unity.
4. Stay socially involved. Talking with friends and family is a great way to reduce everyday stress for both you and your child.
5. Get help and enjoy your friends. Bottling up issues will not help you or your child, make sure to ask for help when you need it and take breaks.
6. Have fun – get rest. Entertainment and leisure activities are a part of a fulfilling life. Explore and laugh with your child.
7. Know that your child’s journey and your journey are not one and the same. Your abilities for social engagement and day-to-day life may be different than what your child is comfortable with, this can lead to a healthy discussion of boundaries and comfort levels.
It’s ok to take time for yourself and to involve the entire family in your self-care. Continue to connect with family members and utilize your support networks. Reach out for help when you need it. You can call your primary care physician or local therapy office to help find community resources and gain valuable support.