Self-care tips for parents and caregivers

When your child is diagnosed with a brain tumour, understandably you will be worried. It will be stressful to watch your child go through treatment; the overwhelm of emotions is normal.

Parents often find it difficult to express their feelings. Talk to someone, a family member, a friend, a healthcare professional, or pick up the phone to us. Everyone deals with stress differently. If talking isn’t for you, then jot your feelings down or find a different outlet for your emotions.

Some people find it useful to do some mindfulness activities – have a walk or exercise or listen to music, for example.

Find what works for you, and don’t feel guilty doing something for yourself, as it is important to take care of yourself too. Know where your sanctuary is, and use it often. Give yourself permission.

Here are some self-care tips:

  • Get enough rest or sleep so that you can start the next day with more energy.
  • Keep active. Direct emotional energy into physical activity. Healthy body = healthy mind.
  • Take control. Being passive is a major cause of stress.
  • Connect with people; share what you are going through. Often, talking lessens stress and allows you to relax.
  • Gift yourself me time – always factor in something for yourself to escape. This could be exercise, socialising, reading, etc. Understandably, when you are down, meeting people may be the last thing you want to do. But meeting others may bring back some of your usual activities and be a stress reliever. Having a break may do everyone some good.
  • Avoid unhealthy habits like smoking or drinking alcohol and caffeine. They add on additional strain to emotions and our bodies.
  • It is about accepting things you can’t change but working out a way to progress and grow for the future. This is where speaking to a healthcare professional or us would support you. We also have an acceptance page on our website.

You are not alone in this. If you are ever feeling overwhelmed, give us a call on 01983 292 405 or send an email to

Did this information make you feel more resourced, more confident or more in control?