Simple Resolutions For Parents With Autistic Children
Their New Years' resolutions are often to be better parents. But instead, they should prioritize being better to themselves. And there are four ways this can happen.
Self-care: Make yourself a priority
Taking care of yourself is crucial to your mental and physical health. How can you be the best parent possible if you are rundown mentally and physically? The more relaxed you are, the more you will be able to focus on your children. Self-care can consist of taking time for a nice relaxing bath once a week. A spa day. Or maybe prioritizing your physical health and working out every day or a few times a week. Self-care is taking time for yourself to do the things you love. Whatever they might be.
Give Yourself The Credit You Deserve
Utilize local resources & Accept Help
Accepting help can be hard. It can be difficult for everyone, not just parents dealing with Autism. But no man is an island, or at least they shouldn’t be. You can not do this alone. In fact, feeling like you are alone and not having anyone you can turn to can stress you out even more and only make things difficult. But talking to other parents, joining support groups can help you. Accepting help when you are feeling run down or are confused about something or need ideas or guidance will be beneficial, and it may take some of the stress off of you.
It is easier to be hard on yourself than not. When you feel yourself getting negative, take a step back. Remember, everyone has bad days. That is normal. Parenting a child is hard. A bad day does not define who you are as a parent. Take a deep breath and start over. You are doing the best you can, and that is all you can do. And that is enough.