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As a mother caring for a special needs child, your responsibilities are never-ending. You may always feel like you could do more, right? But you need to take a break from this pressure, once in a while. Because you deserve it and because your family will be happy to have a fresh, rested Mom coming back to help. You may want a night out with the girls or a day at the spa. Maybe a romantic evening with your significant other or just some quiet time alone. Whatever it is that makes you happy, or energizes your spirit, just take some time for yourself. This does not always need to be a big event either. You should always take a few minutes everyday to meditate, enjoy a cup of coffee, or just be.

Although this may all sound interesting you are probably wondering “how do I do this?” We acknowledge that taking a personal break is not always that simple for the parent of a child with special needs. Maybe you feel only you know your child by heart when giving care. This may be true, but someone else can manage the job if you provide them with the proper information. The key to being able to take care of yourself is being able to ask for help. Don’t consider this as taking a break from your child but rather taking a break for yourself. There is no reason for you to feel guilty. Remember, you must take care of yourself first if you ever expect to take care of someone else.

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