Managing Time & Energy

Managing Your Time and Energy when Mothering a Child with Special Needs

The Oxygen Mask Story

You have probably heard the phrase that you should put on your oxygen mask first, if you are in a plane that is about to crash. I wonder where this statement came from. It certainly wasn’t from a mother because we have taken on a contract to sacrifice our life if our child needs support.

In this post, I explore some simple strategies for managing time and energy as a mother to a child with special needs such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy or  Intellectual Disability and many more conditions that affect children. Being a mother is a special gift from God, all by itself. When we are given the duty of mothering a child who has special needs, we also have special needs for ourselves.

Going back to the above statement concerning the oxygen mask, when your child is born with a condition that requires 24-hour care, you often forget about the oxygen mask and all forms of support for yourself. I want to ask that you start today, carving out some time for yourself, away from your child, if just for 5 or 10 minutes each day so you can recalibrate your purpose and refresh your strength.

Managing your time and energy is putting on that oxygen mask simultaneously looking out for the welfare of your child. Check out these three simple steps.

  1. Take a bath once a week. Soaking in water with salt, helps to balance out your own physical, mineral makeup and begins the process of soul balance. Salt is a mineral that draws energy to it. When you are exhausted and need to rebalance. A hot salt bath with some prayer included, is a great way to take 10-15 minutes for just you, your body, your soul and your love.
  2. Walk outside in nature, but take a rock in your hand. When you are a mother of a child who has special needs, those needs stay in your heart and head no matter what you do, who directs or guides you, or how powerful your intentions are. A rubbing stone helps you to stay inside of your own space, while you are taking that precious time for yourself.
  3. Finally, reading a good book is the third quick step you can take to manage your time and energy. As you are reading the book, take a moment to read a passage out loud to yourself. Allow this passage to sink in and penetrate your inner consciousness. Often, we read books and the words just go in and out. A book contains valuable nuggets of soul energy that can help replenish your own energy.

Thank you for reading my blog. Please leave your comments below so we can reach back out to you. Remember, I salute you for the work you are doing to empower your children to grow up feeling good about themselves so I want to provide you with content that helps you on your journey.



Published by Sabrina Thomas

I’m Sabrina Thomas. I’m a Speaker, an Author, Columnist, Parent Coach an Autism & Special Education Advocate. Most importantly, I am the mother to two sons. My youngest son, Omar, has inspired by passion for Autism awareness and Special Education. Omar has Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and an Intellectual Disability. I understand the importance of being a voice for the voiceless, and I feel it is my duty to spread what I’ve learned to those around me. It is my goal to raise awareness together so that we as advocates can change and better the lives of those with special needs both now and moving forward. The most rewarding part of my career stems from being able to give parents, families, and caregivers the power and knowledge they need to be the best possible advocates for those with special needs. I know firsthand how overwhelming life can be, which is why I find joy in speaking about what I’ve learned and sharing my life with others. I am transparent, encouraging, and inclusive in my messages. I believe that as the parent of a child with special needs, it is our responsibility to be a voice for our children when they can’t speak for themselves. However, I also believe in including and empowering our children in the process if they are able to be. Each child has an equal right to learn in whatever that may look like for them as an individual.

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