Yes I admit it, there are days when I need a time out from being a parent. Family life can be overwhelming and parenting a teen can be even more so at times. I am not alone as I know other parents feel like they are treading water at times. Which is why taking some time to focus on yourself is so important.
Self care is extremely important. Think of everything you do as a parent for your children, these steps of care need to be taken for yourself too. Whether you have a newborn baby or are a seasoned parent, taking care of yourself is extremely important. I don’t just mean physical care, I also mean social, psychological and even spiritual too.
Physical Self Care
There are ways to take care of your physical self. These are just a few of the things I do on a regular basis when I can.
- Eat healthy meals
- Take some exercise
- Try to get enough sleep
- Spend some time outdoors in the fresh air
- Disconnect from your phone, text and email for a bit!
Psychological/mental Self Care
There are things you can do to ensure your mental health is well. Again I try and do as much of these as possible.
- Stay in touch with family and friends
- Talk with family and friends and express how you are feeling
- Take time to reconnect with your favourite activities
- Don’t take on any extra responsibilities
Spiritual Self Care
This isn’t about religion, it’s about self reflection. Give yourself time to reflect on your feelings through some quiet time. Take walks to give yourself space to think. Write things down in a journal too.
As parents we often feel under a lot of pressure. At times we even feel guilty doing something for ourselves. However, if we neglect to take care of ourselves, this can lead to further stress. This stress puts our bodies under strain and can impact on our immune system or lead to mental health issues.
Our role as parents involves teaching our children about looking after themselves so it’s extremely important that we do the same. When we look after ourselves we can take on the role as parent with renewed energy and optimism.
What do you do to help with your self care? I’d love to hear your thoughts.