Why is Self-Care Essential for Caregivers?

“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.”
– Jean Shinoda Bolen

By Jennifer McDougall

Often, it seems as though we spend the majority of our time running around and taking care of others while spending little time taking care of ourselves. One of the biggest reasons self-care matters is because when we go, go, go and give so much of ourselves to those we love and care for, we have little energy left for ourselves. In addition, self-care replenishes the mind, body, and spirit. If you constantly run on low energy, it is difficult to look, feel and perform your very best.

For those of us who are parents and caregivers, it is extra essential to make time for self-care. Many things can happen if you do not care for YOUrself.

  • premature aging from stress
  • not thinking you’re good enough
  • increased risk of drug and alcohol abuse
  • extreme fatigue
  • mental fog
  • weight gain
  • relationships and career suffers

POCWASN (Parents of Children with all Special Needs) offers a variety of self-care services to help parents and caregivers take time for themselves to refuel and relax with some much-deserved pampering.

Self-care is defined: as the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s health.


Don’t wait until you’re feeling out of balanced or drained to start on your self-care regimen. Do it now, for you! Schedule that appointment for a massage or a facial. POCWASN also offers life-coaching services to help you refocus and discover clarity.


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