It can be a real challenge to feel joy at times.
The daily hassles of life like losing your keys, the washing machine breaking or burning the dinner can all come together cumulatively and leave us feeling stressed out and tired.
In other times, it can be sudden life changes. When what you thought was stable and predictable suddenly isn’t, and you’re left feeling shocked, confused and wondering what to do next.
For families with children with developmental disabilities, these may sound like familiar scenarios.
A little stress in our lives can be good (eustress) in order to motivate us to complete the things we need to do each day and move towards our potential, but a lot of stress at once, or a little too much stress over a long period of time might leave us wondering where our peace, joy and zeal for life has gone.
NETwork has developed strategies for "how to keep the joy", even when faced with life's challenges. These strategies are used to help motivate our families and keep them on track with their very best lives. Teaching a child with special needs can be a challenging time, but with the right supports it can be a wonderfully rewarding time as well.