Self Care

What is Self Care?

Think about what you do to care for your child every day. You feed her meals, bathe her, change her diapers and play with her. If you have an older child, you might enroll him in sports, help him with homework and read to him every night. These basic steps of care are the same when it comes to taking care of yourself.

As a caregiver, we often dismiss even the most basic of tasks for ourselves. We’ve all lamented about not eating well enough, or not taking necessary ‘Me Time’ because we’re too busy running around to school and music lessons. Self care includes the simplest, physical things – like making sure we get enough sleep and eating healthy meals. But it also includes more emotional, social, psychological, creative/artistic and even spiritual time for ourselves.

The links below offer some great resources to get started:

Grandparents self care
Nutrition (formerly EatRight Ontario)1-866-797-0000
Facebook Page
Canada's Food GuideWebsite ( )
Catulpa Community Support Services
705-733-3227 x 2232
Short Term Respite Care
The Common Roof, 165 Ferris Lane, Barrie
New Path Youth and Family Services Central Intake of Simcoe County
From 905 area code in Simcoe County
The Common Roof, 165 Ferris Lane, Barrie 1-866-566-7656
Respite Care for Children and Adolescents

Saint Elizabeth - Barrie
85 Ferris Lane, Suite 104, Barrie
Empower Simcoe - Barrie
Family Relief Service
40 Fraser Court, Barrie
Government of Ontario - Respite CareWebsite