Having stress as a parent is a very real thing.  As a parent, we have so many more responsibilities, but as a parent of a child that has more needs than other children, the amount on a parent’s shoulders are compounded.  Everything can take more time and the amount of mental problem solving and having to think more about everything can be exhausting and really overwhelming. We definitely all need stress management strategies and activities to make everything that we do possible!

I have mentioned this is several episodes now, but the most important thing that you can do for your child is to take care of yourself.  If you are ran down and exhausted, you will not have the energy and ability to meet the needs of your child.

Since managing your stress is such a huge big part of helping and supporting your child or children, I was super excited to interview Shannon and to have a conversation about why it is so important to manage our stress and some simple ways to help lower stress in our lives. 

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Meet Shannon

Shannon is a self-love extraordinaire who has a passion to help women all over the world learn to overcome stress, anxiety, and overwhelm and create peace and ease in every area of their life. She has a background in chemistry, is a #1 best-selling author on Amazon, and has special training in memory. Shannon enjoys reading, being around water, and brings her puppy Ruby Tuesday with her everywhere. Please reach out to Shannon through Facebook or email if you have any questions, or would just like to chat.

3 Stress Management Strategies talked about in the Episode

  1.  Set three alarms on your phone.  When the alarm goes off, check in with yourself and think about how you are feeling in that moment.  Do a body scan by closing your eyes and start by paying attention to your feet, “turn off your light switch”, and then check back in with how your feet feel to release tension in your body.  Continue this technique with different parts of your body.
  2. If you are in a stressful situation or can feel a lot of tension, just use your hands and make a fist for 3 seconds and then spread them out for 3 seconds (repeat 15 times).  Now shake your hands for about 30 seconds.
  3. Use an app that uses binaural beats.  One example of a free app is Atmosphere binaural.  This can be used to help shift how you are feeling.  You can also play music over the binaural beats while you do other things. 

Qigong Massage for Your Child with Autism by Louisa Silva

Recommended book:

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

You can find Shannon at:

Facebook profile Link: https://www.facebook.com/shannon.south.96
Email shannonsmap@gmail.com

Candice Curtis is a licensed Occupational Therapist and the founder of Integrate Family. She is passionate about helping and empowering parents and their children.  Candice has advanced postgraduate training in theory, assessment, interpretation and treatment in Ayers Sensory Integration.  She is a Certified Autism Specialist with expertise in sensory processing, coordination disorders, learning disorders and executive functioning.  Candice also has 2 boys of her own at home, one of which is Autistic. Learn more about her here.

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