Epilepsy

Epilepsy and Wellbeing

December 10, 2017

There is a huge focus in the press these days on wellbeing, mindfulness and self-care. We are becoming more aware of the need to take care of ourselves but what about when you’re not able to? What if your wellbeing depends on the help of others? Having many friends and family members with silent illnesses, my son included with his epilepsy, I wanted to provide just a couple of tips on how we can help others with their wellbeing. People that aren’t always able to take care of themselves such as children or elderly

Keeping Fit

Keeping active will go a long way to keeping blood circulating to your muscles and organs, helping them keep working well. With Dexter, in particular, I always walk him to school for example and even when going into town, it’s rare that we drive or take the bus. 

Eating well.

It’s no secret that eating well can help reduce all kinds of problems. Anything from acne to obesity and there are certain foods that are wonderful for certain things. Avocado, nuts, salmon and blueberries, for example, are all great food for brain activity. But healthy eating isn’t just good to encourage others to do. Being healthy yourself means you are more able to care for others too.

Sleep Well

I’d be lying if I said my children have a good sleep routine. They don’t, at all -but it’s not through want of trying and it’s easy to see the difference in them when they’ve had a good night’s sleep. They all (not just Dexter) function a lot better and are much happier little people. When Dexter first started having fits it did look as though they were linked to tiredness so it’s highly important that he is able to sleep when he is tired.

Limit Stress

As a parent, it is my job to keep control of my children’s stress levels. Helping Dexter to read his school books and helping him to learn the letters and words means he isn’t worried about them. Explaining all about starting school and what would happen, meeting his teacher in advance and all sorts of various things like that helped to managed his expectations so that he was able to know exactly what was going on. Little people can become easily overwhelmed with big world things.

Care Aids

There are of course certain things that we can’t control or prevent. I can’t stop Dexter having a fit if he is going to have one. But I can prepare and put measures in place to keep him safe if he was to have another. For example, we have cameras with movement sensors and an anti-suffocation pillow. For less abled people you might find that some sort of mobility solution would be helpful to them to enable them to continue to do many things without help.

What other tips do you have for enhancing the well-being of others? I’d love to know.

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