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Although it may be the last thing you imagine doing, taking time for yourself might be the most important thing you can do. Without a break from the stresses of caring for your child with challenges, you will find it hard to muster your own coping resources.
Sometimes it might be just a few minutes a day; a walk at lunchtime, a few minutes with a book in the evening. Try to make sure you take some time for yourself. Remember, when you take care of yourself, then you will be in a better position to take care of the people most important to you, your family.
When you concentrate on getting through the day, then it will make it easier to cope with the challenges that arise. Don’t spend too much time worrying about the future, especially if you’re in the middle of a crisis or if the issue is beyond your control.
Of course there are things that happen down the road that you need to pay attention to, like making a doctor's appointment or shopping for a family birthday. At the same time, try not to get wrapped up in worrying about things like, whether you'll be late for the appointment or whether everyone will get along at the birthday party - let those thoughts drift out of your mind and come back to today, to this moment, and even these words that you're reading right now.
Go to the Monroe County System of Care facebook group to share your successes and celebrations! You'll be sure to get a "pat on the back" and couldn't we all use more of those?
What exactly IS a "small" success?
These are just a few examples of what we mean by each success and they can be celebrated too - don't wait for the big milestones; give yourself (and your child) a pat on the back (if not you, then who?)! When your life seems overwhelmed by challenges, this helps put the focus back on the positive.
Celebrations in 60 seconds (or more)
Now that you have a better idea of what "qualifies" as a small success - celebrate it! It can be easy, fun and quick - just remember to do it because that's what counts and it helps to bring the focus back on what's positive.
Meet other family members and caregivers who gather monthly to learn about a variety of topics ranging from child behavior to understanding Medicaid and anything else related to raising a child with mental health challenges. The Family Roundtable also provides input into how to change the system and is an opportunity to you’re your voice heard.
Yes! Supporting families is a core principle of System of Care and Better Days Ahead (BDA), a service of the Mental Health Association of Rochester, specializes in providing supports for families who have a child(ren) with emotional and behavioral challenges. Learn more.
Meet other family members and caregivers who gather monthly to learn about a variety of topics ranging from child behavior to understanding Medicaid and anything else related to raising a child with mental health challenges and provide input into how to change the system. Learn more.
Children and adolescents with mental health issues need to get help as soon as possible. Here is a short list but click here for a more complete list of signs and symptoms.
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