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Parents of Special Needs Kids: Recognizing and Treating Your Fatigue


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As a parent of a special needs child, you know how exhausted you can become as you work, care for your child, and try to meet your other responsibilities. Fatigue can easily overwhelm you and drag you down. This article from Asperger Experts is designed to help you diagnose your relative level of fatigue and then begin treating its causes, so you can regain some of your energy and a positive outlook on life.

 

Diagnosing Your Fatigue

 

Your first step in dealing with your fatigue is diagnosing it and understanding your fatigue levels. You can do this in a number of ways, but one of the most effective is to evaluate your current situation using several factors. These include, but aren't limited to, the following:

  • Your overall health. Fatigue can contribute to and be increased by poor health.
  • Your parenting effectiveness and satisfaction. Reflect on your current level of parenting effectiveness and satisfaction. If either of those is lower than you would like, fatigue may be part of the reason.
  • Your marital satisfaction. When you're busy and exhausted, your marriage can suffer, and this may indicate fatigue levels are getting too high.
  • Your anxiety and depression. If you're experiencing significant symptoms of anxiety or depression, this can indicate and increase fatigue.

 

Treating Your Fatigue

 

Next, think about how to treat your fatigue. One of the best ways to do this is to increase your level of self-care. You can begin by eating healthier, exercising more, starting a new hobby, spending more time with your spouse, or finding more quiet moments. You may also consider making some small changes to your home environment, such as adding some houseplants or clearing out clutter. This can make a huge impact on your home's atmosphere.

 

You may also, however, consider going back to school and earning a degree online. This allows you to lay a good foundation for your career or advance it while giving you a goal to work toward. Having a goal often gives people more energy and drive. Going to school online allows you to work at your own pace while still tending to your family responsibilities. Just be sure to choose an accredited degree program.

 

Alternatively, you might think about starting your own business. Choose something you truly enjoy and decide how you can turn it into a money-making venture. Consider forming your business as a limited liability company (LLC), which gives you limited personal liability, less paperwork, tax benefits, and greater flexibility. Be aware, though, that states have varying rules about LLCs, so do your research before getting started.

 

Watching for Negative Outcomes

 

As you strive to treat your fatigue, be on the lookout for potential negative outcomes. You may, for instance, overcompensate and begin neglecting some of your duties, or you may fail to treat your underlying anxiety or depression. Your goal is to strike a balance in your life between caring for your special needs child, your family, and yourself.

 

Finding More Energy

By recognizing and treating your fatigue, you can find more energy and more joy in your life, so begin the journey today.

 

 

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