A balanced lifestyle
It is essential that you make sure your life doesn’t become all about autism. Make time for yourself and other family members. It is easy to establish routines and systems customized to your family’s needs. It is also easy for unforeseen events to take over. That’s ok – that’s life. Think about the biggest challenges you face on a daily basis and try to address them for a healthier start to the day. Set your priorities and figure out how to make them work, together with your family. Whether it is a regular Sunday dinner night or Taco Tuesdays, make it a habit of creating a weekly routine and small family traditions.
What’s more, a balanced lifestyle can go a long way in reducing stress and anxiety. Are you getting enough exercise? Are you sleeping enough hours every night and making healthy eating choices? Take a little bit of time to get yourself back to neutral. Catch up on your sleep, do yoga, meditate, go out for coffee with a friend, work on your gardening, try new recipes, join a book club – do something that makes you happy and fulfilled. The happier and well-rested you are, the better choices you will make for your child and your family.