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The Benefits of Therapy for Parents of Children With Disabilities

Updated: Mar 10, 2021

For parents of children with disabilities, it can be difficult to find time for self-care. Often, parents are overworked, stressed, and spread thin as they balance work, life, and raising a child. However, that makes it even more crucial to take time to care for yourself. It’s important for parents to take time to unwind, relax, and care for your mind, so that you can continue to provide excellent care for your child. Here at Inland Respite, we aim to lend a helping hand through our respite care services, providing parents with much needed time to care for themselves. Often, folks choose to take advantage of their respite time to attend therapy, which can be a wonderful way for overworked parents to reset and recalibrate.

At Inland Respite, we certainly recommend considering therapy for parents who feel stressed or overwhelmed, since it offers a myriad of benefits. If you’re thinking about starting therapy, we invite you to take a look at all of the benefits you may enjoy. As always, you can count on us to lend you a helping hand, so you can take time for yourself while we help to take care of your child. Now, here are some brief highlights of the benefits of therapy for parents of children with disabilities.

Recognizing and Overcoming Stress

Often, we don’t take a real “look in the mirror” to recognize how stressed out we may be. Parents often get used to enduring stress, since it can become a consistent part of parenting. It’s important to take a breath and realize that things don’t have to be like that — there are solutions that can help mitigate or eliminate stressors in your life. A therapist will help you to recognize signs of stress (such as sleeplessness or weight changes), and help to pinpoint the sources of stress in your life. From there, you’ll be able to step back, recognize stress as it happens, and create a plan for avoiding or coping with the stressors of your life.

Fresh Insight on Life

Parenting can turn the day-to-day into a seemingly unending pattern. It’s easy to succumb to the monotony and feel discouraged about life. However, there are so many things to be grateful for, and so many things to wonder at in our lives. Therapy helps parents to take a fresh look at their lives, discovering or rediscovering the passions and pleasures that may appear to drift away in parenting. Simple changes, new behavior, and a bit of mindfulness can go a long way to bring fresh insight into life, even for busy parents. A therapist can help you to uncover things that bring you joy, and they can help you to create a plan to generate these joys as you navigate through the day-to-day.

Empower Yourself