There’s no silver bullet to remove stress from your life as a special needs parent, but that does not mean you can’t try different techniques to limit it, right? Guess what: suggesting you just buy a candle or take up a hobby isn’t going to cut it – we want to provide a wide assortment of options because, just as unique as our children are, so too are our individual needs!
One excellent way to combat stress as a special needs parent is to speak with people facing similar challenges as you. If you would like help connecting with a support group or peers who have children with Cerebral Palsy, check out our Facebook Page or contact us ((800) 692-4453(800) 692-4453 FREE or through our online form) for information on support groups in your area. Stress is a difficult topic but that doesn’t mean that a special needs parent cannot benefit from hearing from others like them to find new ways to help themselves.
Dealing with stress is important, not because eliminating it is easy, but because helping you, as a special needs parent, be at your best can only pay off for you, your child and your family. We all need to find ways to improve ourselves, but stress is a critical part of being a special needs parent. Worrying about bills, treatments, scheduling, your child’s happiness… not to mention any concerns which overlap with those everyday parents face anyways… and not to mention your own personal stressors? It’s a hurdle for sure to limit the concerns and problems that weigh you down as a special needs parent.
We’ll avoid delving into certain exercises or techniques and instead provide a top-level overview of different ideas and concepts related to removing stress as a special needs parent:
- The Need to Take Care of Yourself
- 8 Ways to De-Stress Your Life
- The Importance of Meditation for Parents of Children With Special Needs or Challenges
- 8 Essential Tips for Preventing Caregiver Burnout
- 5 Things Every Busy Mom Can Do Daily to De-Stress at Home
- 10 Ways to Reduce Single-Parent Stress
- 7 Tricks to Help Stressed Moms Chill Out
- Special Needs Parenting: 12 Tips for Managing Challenging Behavior
- Huffington Post’s “Stressed Mom” Topics
- The Stressed Mom.com
- 10 Stress-busting Tips for Busy Moms
- 6 Stress Management Tips for Moms
- Web MD: 25 Ways to Handle the Stress of a New Baby
- 10 Stress-Busting Tips from Moms Like You
- Stress and the Special Needs Parent
- 5 Tips for Handling Stress When Raising Children With Special Needs
- Getting Help with Care for a Child with Special Needs
- Tips for Selecting a Daycare
It’s important to note that our organization does not necessarily back or endorse any of the tips above; we provide all of the resources included in order to propose unique, diverse approaches to the special needs parent audience as unique and diverse as ours.
If you feel stress is taking over your life, or that you are having thoughts of depression or worse, please contact a health worker in your area or speak with your physician. The above are merely suggestions published by people and companies on the Internet and are not intended to replace or cover the core values of therapy from a professional.
If you are suffering thoughts of suicide or self-harm, please contact the national hotline at 1-800-273-82551-800-273-8255 FREE.
For more information on assistance programs dedicated to helping parents of children with Cerebral Palsy, contact us today by calling (800) 692-4453(800) 692-4453 FREE or by filling out our contact form, available here. We help a number of special needs families touched by CP and look forward to seeing how we can help you!