“Babe, you really need to go to Starbucks by yourself. Or maybe go get your nails done. You need you time, like right now”.
My husband said that to me this week.
At first it feels awful. I mean, am I doing that terrible of a job that people can see that I’m drowning?
But here’s the thing, autism is beautiful. It’s amazing to watch the creative ideas that my son comes up with, and I love learning as much as I can about how to help him grow and learn. As I’ve shared before, though, sometimes it’s ugly.
The meltdowns can be exhausting, the communication difficulties can take a lot of effort, and the sensory struggles can determine how you run your entire life.
It’s all worth it, but sometimes it just zaps your energy.
Caregiver burnout is a real thing, and it’s important that we talk about it and share ways to help with it.
This post is a part of the Autism A-Z Series for Autism Acceptance Month. You can check out all of the posts in the series at the bottom of this post.