You do not have to manage everything on your own. Spending time with others, participating in activities and communicating your individual needs to your family and friends is important.
Coping or survival strategies help us get through difficult situations. Every person will have, or develop, their own coping strategies. Finding out that your child has a life-limiting illness, combined with the task of caring for them, is a difficult situation for everyone involved.
Looking after yourself can be hard, however it’s important. Taking time to look after your own needs can give you more energy, capacity and reserve to care for your sick child and your family. Caring for yourself helps stress and avoid illness.
There are many reasons parents don’t seek help for themselves. Some of these reasons may include feeling that their child’s needs are more important than their own, their care team is too busy, distrust in another carer or simply wanting to stay close to their child.
Each person has their own way of coping when they are going through a difficult situation. Below are some general coping strategies that may help you maintain a level of energy and resilience.
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