These are great tips from our friends at Generation Rescue. And most of us will ignore every single one of them, admit it. Self-care is nearly impossible for us as autism parents/caretakers. Let me let you in on a secret. Self-care is imperative. But it might not mean what you think. Sure, a manicure might be a nice break and make for pretty hands for a few days. A run or a hike will release endorphins, and Lord knows we need them. But self-care can also mean making really hard choices and decisions for the entire family. Whether you are a young family, single parent, managed autism for decades or somewhere in between, my best input (I won't deign to call it advice) is that you are open to changing course. Even radically. Trust your choices and be gentle with yourself. Even when others are not. Kim
Moms often neglect themselves and don’t always take time for self-care for the sake of their children. Their reasons range from not having enough time to feeling guilty for not putting that time towards their children. But self-care is important and we asked some of our favorite mommy warriors for their tips on how to take time for themselves
1. Make self-care a priority.
On every flight, you hear the familiar safety precaution “please put on your oxygen mask before assisting others.” And there’s a reason they tell you that. A mom’s first instinct is to help their child, but you won’t have anything left to give if you don’t give yourself what you need first. Set aside a specific time period where you can take care of yourself. If you’re in a relationship, discuss your self-care regimens with your partner to build a stronger relationship and partnership.
2. Make it simple and sustainable.
Self-care doesn’t need to be an entire weekend, a full day or even an hour. Start with something small and let it grow from there once you’re comfortable. Read a book for thirty minutes, plan a coffee date, meditate while your child naps or catch up with a friend over Facetime/Skype. Doing small things for yourself will make all the difference at the end of the day.
3. Don’t let the mom guilt monster overcome you.
That moment is bound to come up where you’ve made plans, found a babysitter and you’re about to leave the house when you suddenly feel like you shouldn’t. You feel guilty for leaving your kids, but you shouldn’t.
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