Self-Care for Caregivers

by Sherry Thompson, Prevention Specialist

As parents/caregivers, we are under a lot of stress during this coronavirus pandemic. Many of us find ourselves at home with our children and/or watching other family’s children. And, we’re trying to work from home for the first time or balance going into our places of employment as essential employees.

Anxiety levels are high and children can feed off of our emotional cues. So it is important that we take care of ourselves. Children are more at risk for abuse and neglect amid coronavirus pandemic, experts say. Risk factors for child abuse and neglect include parental stress, economic instability, and housing insecurity.

Three important questions

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. So, lets all be aware of our anxiety and stress. Be kind to ourselves and to one another.  Taking responsibility for our own self-care may seem hard.  But just ask yourself these three simple questions:

1. Am I drinking enough water?

2. Am I getting enough sleep?

3. Am I eating healthy? 

These are our daily basic needs. But, during an unprecedented pandemic we need more.

Practicing self-care everyday will help our anxiety levels to decrease. We all work very hard to be a good parent/caregiver. Let’s take time to be good to ourselves.

Helpful Tips

Let’s be productive and creative in some self-care for ourselves:

  • Stick to a daily routine.
  • Do a workout or yoga video on YouTube.
  • Take a long hot bath.
  • Take a nap.
  • Create a Vision Board.
  • Start a gratitude journal.
  • Read a book.
  • Listen to a podcast.
  • Have an indoor picnic.
  • Fix a meal with the family.
  • Do some coloring or crafts.

Greater Richmond SCAN will host a webinar on self-care for families during COVID-19 on April 9 at 1 p.m. Register online.

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Emergency Services are still available. Please call 540-373-6876 if you or a loved one are experiencing a crisis.

Due to the current State of Emergency, and in accordance with recommendation to limit in-person gatherings to 10 or less, our May Board of Directors meeting will be held virtually at 5 p.m. on May 19. Public comment may be submitted up until 4:00 pm on May 19th by emailing  Public comments that include the full name and address of the commenter will be read into the record during the Public Comment portion of the meeting.  The meeting will be Livestreamed on Rappahannock Area Community Services Board’s Facebook page on May 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

We encourage our community to stay home (whenever possible) and stay safe throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. We now offer most of our outpatient, early intervention, and case management services via telemedicine so you can receive the support you need from the safety of your home.

Our committee and board meetings and facilities tour for April have been canceled. Our day support programs are suspended temporarily.

Our popular plant sale is continuing but with some changes to ensure everyone's safety. Please order ahead and your plants will be waiting for you when you drive up.

At this time, we are suspending recruitment for most positions. See our employment portal for more information.

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