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Mental Health Matters

We are all stressed out now because of what is happening in our world right now: COVID-19, Systemic Racism, Unemployment, Distance Learning and a possible food shortage on the horizon.

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Tips to Keep You, Your Children & You Sane

Understanding that all of this can be a bit overwhelming to say the least, find ways to relax your nerves by exercise, coloring books, crosswords(not on your phone app either), take a nap, turn off the tv and/or computer laptop. With the rest of the day devoted to juggling homework, extracurricular activities(within social distancing guidelines), friends and chores, it’s clear that you may not be the only one who is stressed in your household.

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Stress is a natural part of an autistic child’s life, who am I kidding, everyone has some amount of stress in their lives. However, when it becomes overwhelming, it can become more than just mentally draining. It can be harmful to you or your autistic child’s health.

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Parental Stress

Being a parent of an autistic child is not easy, but a great challenge. After all, we are responsible for helping, raising and educating our children from the stage of a baby into the stage of adulthood. Although they move on into adulthood, we never stop being parents and always want to make sure that they are doing well. As a paradox, we need to learn how to be less of a parent, in order to reduce parental stress!

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As good parents, we want to protect them from this crazy world, but the world will show up and then we need to transfer control, in other words, to let them learn to deal with the world, and even more, allow them to learn from their mistakes. Of course, this makes parental stress worse, at least for awhile, but in the long run it will be better for them to learn this way.

When It is Too Much to Handle(You or Your Children)

Support groups, books, and websites that want to help us through our child-raising stress and keeping it all together to say the least.

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Books that I Have Read Personally for Peace of Mind:-)

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs: Stories of Love and Understanding for Those Who Care for Children with Disabilities

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The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism 

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Conclusion

As you explore some of these stress relieving practices that I have suggested, as well as the parental stresses that I myself have used to keep things on an even keel in my psyche, try out whatever works for you and your loved ones in these crazy times and whenever life gets to be too much. This will lead you to a happier and healthier family lifestyle.

Stay Well. Stay Safe. Stay Sane.

By MomAdvocate