Day 11: Restoring Order, Overcoming Parental Brain Fog

Welcome to day 11 of the 31 Days of Restoration: Spiritual and Emotional Support for Parents of Children with Special Needs. You can find the main page for this series here.

The list of tasks for parents raising children with special needs is ongoing, lengthy, and not the standard operating procedures most parents check off.

The skills we acquire in our child’s lifetime would qualify us for a high ranking job in corporate.

We track therapeutic appointments and manage caregiver schedules and payments. We stay on top of medical appointments from the frequency of appointments to measures before and after the appointments to making sure follow-ups are scheduled and maintained by the medical facility.

We organize medical supply orders, storage, and administration of meds. For those of us homeschooling, we plan lessons and maintain documentation of the work. 

These tasks only begin to scratch the surface.

It is no wonder we find ourselves forgetting. We feel confused, foggy-brained, and lacking in concentration. It is no wonder we have trouble sleeping or remaining focused in a conversation. It’s no wonder we drop the ball and forget to show up to an appointment despite the “Bright Morning” ringtone!

We find ourselves more disorganized than usual, living in a more cluttered space than usual, or feeling more disoriented than usual.

In my life, unusually cluttered living spaces are a clear indication that something is going on with me internally. That’s when I pause for some encouraging thoughts before I bring order to the mess that has become my life.

Affirmations for Restoring Order and Overcoming Parental Brain Fog

  • Even though I am feeling disorganized, I restore order one breath at a time, one task at a time.
  • I recognize the chaos in my life, and I breathe life into it.
  • I pause and take deep breaths often.
  • I offer myself grace.
  • I reconnect with myself before I connect with my to-do list.
  • I tackle this one step at a time, one day at a time.
  • I’ve got this.
  • I am not alone on this journey.
  • No matter what, I know I will be OK.
  • No matter what, my child will be OK.
  • No matter what, it will all be OK.

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