Are you coping or do you need to develop your confidence, resilience and wellbeing?
When we are focused on the physical and emotional needs of caring for a child with on-going health problems we tend to neglect ourselves.
Running a home, looking after your family, running between appointments, continually being on call and never getting a full nights sleep is a juggling act that makes you loose yourself and hinders your ability to care.
Self-care is an essential part of wellbeing. Have you found ways to relax and get emotional support?
“We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.” Virginia Satir
These are some of the things I use to help me cope:
I referred myself for counselling through the NHS, of course the nature of caring meant I found it almost impossible to get to appointments but they did give me some techniques.
I have also benefited from these amazing services:
SLaM: Self referral to psychological services in Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham & Southwark
Carers Hub: Free skills courses (I have done mindfulness & wellbeing)
Carers4Carers: is a social enterprise run by carers for unpaid carers. They run a weekly social therapy space which provides free access to a range of holistic and beauty therapies, gym & fitness classes such as yoga, pilates and dance, workshops on stress relief & nutrition, meditation sessions and a sit down group lunch.
How are you feeling? Do you have a coping strategy? Does it help? Tell me about it ...if you care to share. x