Its Friday ! Woo Hoo😊 I hope everyone is having a great day so far.
Today I want to talk about caring for ourselves as parents of Autistic children. This is really for all parents or caregivers of children with special needs.
I myself do not give myself enough care. I am a natural caregiver for others and enjoy that, but I usually come last. This year I am purposely making time for me. My husband has always pushed me to take time for and pamper myself. He is amazing💓 So I have planned minimal ways (Because I am an up and coming minimalist 😁) to fit in “Me” time.
Rest: I will get the rest I need by going to bed when tired instead of pushing myself to stay up. I have hypothyroidism so I require more sleep. If Chloe is playing well I make sure I take a break too. We dont have help right now or any respite help, so my husband and I try to give each other breaks. We pray to have that some day soon.
Food: I am on a lower fat Keto plan right now. I do a lower fat version because I have Non Alcoholic Liver Disease and eating high fat is not advised. I eat a lot of salad and lean meats. We are all eating better and I feel way better when I do. 12 years ago I lost 50 lbs eating this way. At 47 and with my thyroid out of whack it has been way harder. I am also taking vitamins like omega-3, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin D and milk thistle for my liver.
Exercise: I use to walk 5 miles a day with Walk Away the Pounds DVDs. Now I’m lucky if I can do 30 minutes without hurting my knee. Ugh. So my goal is 1 mile a day, until my knee I stronger, and then build up to 3 miles eventually. A short walk can be a good stress reducer.
Get a Hobby😊 My husband has told me for years to get a hobby that has zero to do with Autism. You think that would be easy. Not for me, but I’m trying. I like to make rag wreaths, read, write and of course my blog and YouTube vlog. Yes the last 2 are about our life with Autism, but I love it😁. So find something to do you love and run with it!!
My biggest goal in taking care of myself is staying close to God. I start each morning with Bible study and prayer. It makes my day so much better. I have many things I want to learn and do this year. I know I am where I am because of God. He gave me wonderful parents, a great husband and blessed me with children I love to the moon and back.
So that is how I plan on taking better care of myself. I always say I cant get sick or die. Even though I can’t stop either I will do my best to keep myself healthy emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. I encourage all of you to do the same.
Thank you for stopping by today. Have a wonderful weekend and God Bless😊