Article provided by: Pedikidz of Florida
Before your kid was diagnosed with a complex health condition, your life was perhaps already busy, maintaining your home, working, taking care of your kid(s) and more. After your kid was diagnosed with their health condition, everything probably turned upside down as nothing made sense anymore, and your stress rises steeply.
Do you need a therapist?
Taking care of your emotional and mental health during such a difficult time is more important than ever, but the truth is that most of us don’t make it a priority. Since none of us is immune to traumas and/or life’s stress, we bring our past and current stressors into caregiving. If you don’t manage these stressors, it will make it more challenging to care for your kid.
Family and friends can be a massive part of your support system, but having professional help can make a significant difference. Though you may be thinking, you don’t have the time to see a therapist, but it’ll help. The stress of taking care of a loved one with a complex health condition cannot be overstated. Seeing a therapist often can help you talk through the stress of being a caregiver.
Find positive channels for your stress
There are several easy activities that you can do to improve your mood. You own it to yourself to do something that brings you joy. Read a book. Watch a funny movie. Take a hot, bubble bath. You can also go on a fun family activity. Do the things you do for stress relief.
Exercise and eat healthy
To keep yourself emotionally and mentally fit, take care of your physical self. Try to get outside in the sun for a walk; vitamin D can improve your mood. And a stroll within nature can also help, so if you have access to a park, try forest bathing, it is getting trendy these days. Also, it has never been more important to eat a balanced diet; eating healthy can improve your health.
Find a community
You may need to surround yourself with people who understand what you are going through and support you. This includes other families who understand the special challenges of taking care of a child with a complex health condition, especially if their kid has the same diagnosis. Look online for a community which supports families and patients of a similar diagnosis. If you find a community that focuses on your kids’ special condition, get to one if you can.
Take advantage of the support available to you
If you can afford a personal care assistant, hire one. They can provide care at home and help with tasks such as shopping, bathing, running errands, and homemaking. This will help you and your child if you take a break from caregiving. Also, you may be eligible for Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care (PPEC).
Based on physician's orders, kids with complex medical needs receive unique health care by experienced staffs. They detect and address medical issues, and work with other health care professionals to make your kid stronger, happier, and more well-rounded. If you have more questions about prescribed pediatric extended care, contact PediKidz today.Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care