You may have heard the analogy of ‘if in an emergency on a plane, secure your own oxygen mask first before helping others’. This is actually a very important concept for carer’s. How can you provide quality care if you’re burnt out and can’t get out of bed in the morning? It is imperative that you make time to create some self-care strategies. The staff at Autism NT can assist you to identify ways for you to achieve this.   Below are some helpful sites to get you started:

Synapse has many great tips and resources for self-care including:

  • Dealing with stress
  • Respite care
  • Dealing with feelings
  • Self-advocacy for parents
  • Be easy on yourself
  • Support groups
  • Counselling
  • Planning for health
  • Planning on keeping friends and outside interests

http://www.autism-help.org/family-autism-self-care-strategies.htm

Tips for self-care that doesn’t take up much time: http://www.community.nsw.gov.au/docswr/_assets/main/lib100056/tool_k_finding_the_time.pdf

Carer NT Care Kits

www.carersnt.asn.au/carers-kit-documents-and-information-2013