Caravel’s autism health specialists work every day in the homes of families living with autism. They know firsthand how much is required of these parents – who need to bring more than the average amount of strength, perseverance and resourcefulness – day after day.

“The challenge can be daunting,” according to Nan Huai, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, BCBA-D, of Caravel Autism Health. “Many parents want to invest every possible minute into helping their child. But if you’re emotionally and physically exhausted,” says Dr. Huai, “it likely will make the challenge even greater.”

Dr. Huai says that self-care for parents is crucial to the wellbeing of the entire family. “The more you nurture yourself, the more you will be able to care for your child and increase your family’s overall quality of life,” according to Dr. Huai. Here are five ways to practice self-care that will have a positive impact on your entire family.