Released March 1, 2022
The MWSF Community Advisory Board would like to share some tips and resources for caregivers:
Counseling can help
We go through rough phases when our children are in the hospital – we don’t realize how traumatic it can be on our lives and physical health. Sometimes you don’t really realize how traumatic it is until things slow down.
Selfcare is very important
Selfcare is even more important when you care for others.
It can be very helpful to write how you feel in the moment.
Get up and do something
Play a game with your child(ren) or family, go for a ride or walk, or just go sit in the sun. Working out can be especially helpful for serious anxiety issues.
Get away for a weekend when you can
Some families have friends or family that will stay with their children for a weekend, so they can get away as a couple. Couples need to have some time together.
Remember to have fun family time with everyone
This might be a family trip to the aquarium or park. Find something that your child enjoys and that the family can do as a group.
Get your nails done, get a massage, get your hair done – don’t forget to reward yourself for all your hard work. Go to a spa or just curl up on the couch and watch your favorite show. Get out in nature and go hiking. Being in nature can help you get your mind off of everything because you have to focus on the hike and trail.