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Tips for New Caregivers Raising Child with Cerebral Palsy

  1. Don't forget to eat healthy.

Maintaining a healthy diet means more energy and less stress overall. Those who mind their health tend to have a better handle on obstacles thrown their way.

2. Make sure to get plenty of rest.

A lot of times parents do not get optimal or enough sleep. This can drastically affect your personal relationships and your emotional state. Getting rest and eating healthy will keep stress at a minimum.

3. Relax when there is downtime.

Regardless of who you are, everyone needs time to themselves. Taking time to yourself can refresh your mind and reorient you to what you need to get done. Caregivers who take some type of solitude time are more effective and have a lesser chance of burning out.

4. Don't be afraid to ask for help.

Some days it will feel nearly impossible to get a full nights rest or take time to yourself. In these instances, it is necessary to ask for help. You need to maintain your health so at this point, it is time to definitely ask for help.

5. Don't keep frustrations in.

Bottling up strong emotions and anxieties will only put you in the state of habitual exhaustion. Caregivers need to have someone to talk to or an outlet. This will make you feel more at ease and leaves room to handle situations accordingly.


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