Zoom Autism Magazine Issue 1 Fall 2014 - Page 32

BALANCE A s parents or caretakers, we sometimes tend to put our own wants, needs and desires last. Let’s face it: there are only so many hours in a day, and most of them we spend affectionately devoted to our loved ones. Being Mom, Dad, Teacher or Caretaker requires so much juggling, flexibility, creativity and selflessness that it is natural to feel overwhelmed and off balance at times. This is what this section of ZOOM is all about. In each issue we will give you quick ideas and tips to help you find your balance and to remind you that it is not only okay to take “me time” but also essential that you do it. Perhaps it has been so long since you have done something for yourself that you don’t have a clue as to what to do. That’s okay. Rome was not built in a day, you know. Eventually you will learn how to slow down, say “NO” once in a while and listen to what your body and heart are trying to tell you. You may even learn how to relax and enjoy the moment. But until you get there, maybe you can try what some of our ZOOM readers are doing for themselves. We asked you what you do just for YOU, and here is what you had to say. Do you have