Self Care: A Parent's Guide to Taking Care of Yourself (as well as Your Child)
If you make it a point to take care of yourself, you will be better able to take care of your child.
Self care is often a low priority when your child is diagnosed with a serious illness. You must take care of your child who now has urgent and complex medical needs, manage appointments and service providers, learn new information about disease and medical treatment – all while you are tending to the needs of all members of the family. Your role has unexpectedly changed. Making time for yourself may the first thing to go.
The truth is, if you don’t take care of yourself, physically and emotionally, it will become much harder to take care of your child and everything else that you need to manage. Without enough sleep and nourishment, you might feel tired and unable to think clearly. You will have less energy to get through long days of medical appointments, school meetings, therapies and caregiving. It might feel harder to cope, solve problems, and to keep your emotions in check. It is normal to feel sad, angry and impatient at times, but if you are completely worn down, those feelings might be overwhelming and will impact your ability to care for others.