If you’re thinking: “I don’t have time for this!!” Please keep reading.
Maintaining physical and mental health is one way that PSP family members can support their own wellbeing. SSOs have reported using self-care strategies to manage stress.1 However, there can be barriers to practicing self-care. Some SSOs have shared that they do not have the time for self-care and that being told that they should do it feels like an added burden.
Finding small moments to focus on your own needs, in a way that fits your lifestyle, that does not feel like an extra responsibility, is one way to incorporate practices that support wellbeing.
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