Need a Vacation?

Dunkin' knows how to relax
Dunkin’ knows how to relax.

If you have been fatigued due to the demands of caring for special needs children, you do need a break to recharge. Respites are for that purpose, but if you do not have respites available, try to get away for at least a few hours to recharge. If you have family that can help, then great! If not, switch off several hours at a time with another family with special needs children.

Reduce time on social media if you can. Frenzied texting and gaming are drains.  Connect directly with a friend by talking on the phone or meeting in person.

In times past, when I needed a vacation and it just wasn’t going to happen, I psyched myself out by getting a lawn chair, a glass of iced tea or iced coffee,  a book, and sat outside for a while, soaking it in. Those mini “vacations” really helped! If you can’t go out, pull a chair up to a window where the sun is shining in and do the same thing.

And don’t forget prayer and meditation. There’s a strength and refreshing that comes in those quiet moments. 😎  -Nealie  



  1. helena phillips says:

    I am afraid that I am slowly becoming that person with special needs. I trust my caretaker will use good judgement and take the necessary time off. Gram

    • NealieRose says:

      At some point, we all have special needs,like when I shattered that bone in my foot last February. I needed lots of help for months. 🙂 love you!

  2. Sarah Wank says:

    I’m finding more “time out” by illuminating the less necessary. But,hard to do when other things pop up unexpectedly, Keeping a list keeps me focused. However, vacations bring refreshment to the mind and body. Who doesn’t need that!

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