Raising an adult child who has a mental illness is hard on the whole family, and you are living it. It can be hard to even think about your own self-care when your child is hurting. I’ve been there and I understand. But self-care for the parent of adults with mental illness is always important.
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As a parent, it can feel as though your whole world is consumed with your adult child’s mental illness. You think about them when you wake up and when you go to sleep at night. You may be in crisis mode and just trying to survive until the next day. Or you may be in the day-to-day stage where it lives as a thought that is in the back of your mind but not out of sight. You might even be sailing and the bad days are behind you.
No matter where you’re at, self-care for parents who have an adult child with a mental illness should always be top of mind. But sometimes it’s hard to figure out what self-care actually looks like. For each of us, it can be something different. Candles and a hot soak in the tub may work for one person but not another. Curling up with a book may cause someone to want to run screaming while it is considered heaven for another parent.
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