It’s 2017 and this could mean a year of an entirely new direction. It’s not that your circumstances will change. But YOU might change! Will you?
One of the first steps to building up the reserves in our lives as special needs moms is to build in respite into our lives. Have you ever thought of respite? One mom, Jenn, told me:
“We are now recieving 10 hours (yes, 10 hours!) of respite per week! I use THIS time to rest, recharge, (avoid working out ;)) and being purposeful and effective with my time. Sometimes this means, prepping meals, doing groceries, prepping meds, etc. ANYTHING that it going to help our days, evenings, and weeks run a little smoother.”
When you think about respite, think about putting a puzzle together. There are many different pieces that can create your respite plan that results in a big picture of a more relaxed and recharged YOU. Which will impact your family in a hugely positive way. When your reserves are built up, the entire family functions better.
That’s what I found for myself too. At first I had NO idea how to get respite. But then I started creating a respite care plan, piecing together all the possibilities of “time off” and made a plan.
I’m hoping 2017 will be a year where you can catch your breath and build in respite to your everyday life. And if you’re like me, you will be blown away by the results.
Stress, exhaustion and overwhelm are defining so many of our lives as special needs moms. Respite can’t fix everything, but it is a fundamental place to start in recharging you, your marriage and family life. It helps you recharge so you can cope with the extra needs you care for 24/7.
If you’re stuck or think you have no opportunity to get respite, you might want to check out a free guide I created for parents like you. Inside are links to many organizations that have local respite possibilities and funding. I’ve also shared my own way of piecing together a respite plan, even with formal “respite”. You can just enter your email below and I’ll send it to you right away.