Breaking through barriers for workers
who have children with special needs

Welcome to Special Needs and Moving On Projects!

Special Needs & Moving On projectsThe Special Needs and Moving On Projects provide resources and support for workers at the post office whose children have disabilities. The projects are available to members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and the Union of Postal Communications Employees (Public Service Alliance of Canada). The Special Needs Project is geared to families with young children; the Moving On Project is for adult sons and daughters with special needs. Life is more demanding when you work and have a child with special needs. Learn more about our Special Needs and Moving On projects.

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Ways to Cope

When the Caregiving Burden Becomes Too Heavy

  • Unload a little – even it it’s on someone else’s shoulders.
  • Do that one thing you love, even if it’s not timely.
  • Remind yourself it’s okay to cry – crying releases more than tears.
  • Walk!
  • Stop everything you’re doing – find a quiet spot and begin writing down all those things that make you happy.
  • Turn things over to someone else. Get free, even if only for an hour.
  • Make sure you get enough rest, even if it means having someone stay to take care of the one you care for.
  • Take things as they come – don’t think too fare ahead on things.
  • Let things go if you’re too weary to do them. Dishes can stay in a sink for days, if necessary.
  • Breathe! Take long, slow, deep breaths. It’s amazing how often caregivers hold their breath without knowing it. Breathing deeply releases stress.
  • Keep things in perspective:
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    • Know you cannot make life perfect for the one you care for – life is not perfect.
    • Realize that things will not always work out the way you’d like them to.
    • Recognize you can’t do everything.
    • Have someone you can trust and share your feelings with – and allow them to be honest with you.
    • Let things go that don’t need to be held onto.
    • Don’t lose sight of your blessings.
  • Here are some special things I do when I’m having trouble coping:
    • I sort my jewelry (nothing spectacular, just old favorites)
    • I read old cards and letters – how quickly I am whisked away to another time.
    • I have a footbath – first very ware water for 3 minutes, then plunge them into cold water for 1 minute.
    • I call someone I haven’t talked to for years – maybe an old grade school friend.
    One sure way to improve your ability to cope with your burden of caregiving – do something for another caregiver.

 

 

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