Hints for caring for yourself
We have compiled some suggestions from parents that might be helpful during this stressful time.
- Reach out to friends and family.
Friends and family care about you and want to support you during a difficult time. Often others want to help but don’t know how, so tell them what you need. If you find it difficult to verbally tell them use email, text or Facebook. We have also included a friend and family section that you may want to share.
- Attend a support group.
You can feel very lonely, even when you have loved ones around. Meeting with other people who have shared similar experiences can be very good for your mental health and well-being.
Visit this site often and watch for events we hold for families, moms’ groups and siblings. Search for other support groups in your neighbourhood or social circle.
- Take care of yourself.
Combat stress and fatigue by getting enough rest, eating well and exercising. Even taking a short walk each day might help. Finding relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or meditation might be helpful.
- Talk to a therapist or counsellor.
If you find it is very difficult to deal with your emotions regarding your loved one’s medical challenges or death then seek professional help. You may need to try a few therapists before you find the right one, but when you do they can be a tremendous resource for dealing with emotions. Many companies have coverage for these services, so inquire with your provider.