November is National Caregivers Month. Its a time for all caregivers to be recognized and to recognize ourselves for all that contribute to the world. I am an autism mom and a daughter to a soon to be retired mom.
I’m taking time out this month to especially recognize autism moms and caretakers for the elderly.
Far too often we are not recognized and respected.
Keys to Recognize Autism Caregivers
- Allow time for caregivers to take a time out. Yes, if a family member or friend told me to take a break, they would take full care of my son for a specific amount of time, that would be simply au-mazing. This can look like an afternoon or evening to turn down off switch from being responsible for everyone around you. One block of time where you are relieved from the wants, commands and needs of others.
For read more Facing fears as an Autism mom click HERE.
- A simple “thank you” goes a long way. Use each day to let them know that you see their greatness and recognize their sacrifices for us. Send a thank you note, text or call daily. These 2 words can feel like a breath of fresh air and can make a world of difference. It feels like genuine appreciation for what you do.
- Lastly, remind us the importance of self-care, self-preservation and SELF love. We make so many sacrifices for others that we often put ourselves last. Verbally give us permission and gentle reminders to remember our own self needs and wants in regards day to day decisions we have to make.
The main purpose of this blog is to shift the mindset from the feeling of being overwhelming to aspects of allowing yourself permission to have grace and ease as both recipients and givers of care. How do you plan on making NOW a