Taking time for yourself

That time is upon us – the time of family gatherings, television commercials promising us that the gifts we buy will equal eternal happiness, and of course, endless amounts of food. So how do we get through the next several weeks and maybe even manage to enjoy ourselves? We all experience stress during the holidays, and the excess amounts of food and the disruption of routines make it that much more difficult for families caring for a loved one with Prader-Willi syndrome.

One of the most important things you can do is take time for yourself. You set the tone, and your stress level can make or break the day. As hard as it may be, ask for help from friends and family members. Even if it is simply to have someone watch your child while you take a bath or wrap presents or spend an hour doing nothing at all. Planning ahead and giving yourself time to relax will help you and your family have the holiday season you deserve.


Patrice Carroll is Latham Centers’ world-renowned Prader-Willi syndrome specialist. She works with Latham’s residents with PWS, their families, and consultants, continuously learning and teaching about PWS best practices. Do you have questions for our PWS specialist? Submit your “tip” topics or general questions to TipTopics@LathamCenters.org.


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