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Monthly Milestones | February 2019

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The Importance of Self-Care: Practical Tips for Making Time for Yourself

I recently posed this question to the moms in the support group I facilitate: “Do you practice self-care?”

The blank stares on their faces told me all that I needed to know. Questions began to come up. “What is that?” “Who has time for that?” “Are you kidding me?”

I was all too familiar with their responses because for a long time, I had no real clue about self-care either. It wasn’t until after I developed anxiety disorder and started to see my therapist that I knew changes had to be made in my life.

Being a mom to a 14-year-old who is legally blind in one eye, has autism, epilepsy and other health diagnoses can get extremely hectic, from the many doctor appointments, hospitalizations, IEP meetings, advocating for the services and programs he needs… on top of that, I work a full-time job. I recently married and inherited seven grandchildren and assist my aunt with the care of my mother who has paranoid schizophrenia. Not getting adequate rest or time to reboot brought on anxiety and depression. My overall health became negatively affected.
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