Self-Care for Autism Parents: 5 Simple Ways to Reduce Stress

Take a nap and a hot shower

A nap can do wonders for your emotional and physical health. Even if only for a short period of time such as 30 minutes, sleep is a necessary human function. It allows your brain to recharge and your body to rest. A nap will help to fight off sleep deprivation and allow your body to receive that much needed energy boost.

A nice and hot shower will also help relax your overworked limbs and muscles. While this is certainly short term relief, it really can do wonders after a long day. Lavender soaps and body gels are also excellent relaxation utilities for both the mind and body. Some even find it beneficial to add a hot shower to their bedtime routine so that they know to expect stress relief at the end of an exhausting day.