Self-Care: Be Intentional About Caring For Yourself While Raising Your Children

Self-Care: Be Intentional About Caring For Yourself While Raising Your Children - - - - Special Needs Blog
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After giving birth to my son, taking care of myself was not a priority. With all his complex medical needs, numerous doctor appointments and therapy sessions, there was rarely anytime for me.

Where could I possibly fit in “self-care” when my day was already consumed with caring for my child?

Over the years, I have learned that self-care is important. Being intentional about caring for oneself should be a priority in our life. And I’m not just speaking of maintaining our hair and getting a manicure and pedicure. Yes, those things are nice and just as important, however self-care is much more. When we care for ourselves we are being deliberate about nurturing our physical, mental, and emotional health.

In a recent article it described the benefits of good self-care. It stated that caring for one’s self helps to reduce anxiety and improve mood.  This is key to a good relationships with oneself and others. 

While raising Nate, I had no idea that caring for these areas were essential to life. I spend so much time on my son’s well-being, that my health went unkept. When I look back on that time, I understand that not providing myself with self-care contributed to me being unhealthy physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Now, I have made a conscious decision to place self-care in my daily practice. I realize that I must be physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy be an advocate for my son.  When I do this I am being the best mother that Nate needs and deserves.

It is my wish that moms will be intentional about providing themselves with the self-care that they need. We want our children to have the best parent possible.  The parent that is physically, mentally, and emotionally well, to give their children the very best. - -



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  1. 1

    Excellent blog post. As Guardians and Care-givers of our family members with special needs we need to take good care of ourselves. I need to put into practice more of the suggestions in the Linked article. Especially sleep. However my vacation starts Friday and I will try to sleep more. Thanks for sharing this vital information.

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      Thank you. I’m trying to take care of self more too. We both need to. I know your hours at work and seeing your brother can be difficult. I hope you can get some rest, not just sleep and enjoy yourself on your vacation. 🙂

  2. 3

    I think our instinct is to care for our children first. That is why the airline attendant tells you to put on your oxygen mask before your child’s. It is counter to what seems natural.

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