Focusing on Parental Well-Being & Care

As a parent we all put our child’s needs first, however, self-care is not a luxury, it is a necessity! Taking the time to take care of yourself mentally, physically and emotionally can help you be a more present parent, role model and person.

Self-care is any action you can do to improve your overall health and well-being. It can include activities, such as eating well, getting adequate sleep, exercising and taking care of your hygiene. You may be wondering what the benefits of self-care are and how you are going to fit this into your already busy schedule as a parent. The benefits of self-care are innumerable for you and your children. There are simple ways to incorporate self-care routines into your daily routine.

How Self-Care Benefits You and Your Children

Here are just some of the many benefits of self-care:

• Self-care can help restore your energy, positivity and focus. When you take time to reset yourself, you can be more present, patient, and attentive with your children.

• Self-care can help you manage stress. Parenting can present challenges during the best of times. Stress levels can escalate and not managing that stress well can affect your mood, health, and relationships. Various types of self-care can help you relax and calm your mind. Yoga, meditation, deep breathing, going for a walk or talking to a friend are just a few. All of this can be done from home!

• Self-care can help you model healthy habits for your children. Children learn by observing their parents’ behaviors and attitudes. If they see you putting your health first, they are likely to learn to do the same for themselves.

Ways to Practice Self-Care as a Parent

1. Start Small. It is not necessary to overhaul your entire lifestyle overnight. Start with one small change that is easy to incorporate into your routine and stick with it until it becomes habit.

2. Write in a gratitude Journal. Studies have shown that people who keep gratitude journals sleep longer and experience higher quality sleep and overall mental health. Before you go to sleep, write down 3 things, simple or specific, that you are grateful for.

3. Schedule it. Make it a priority every day to schedule some time for self-care. For example, you can block out 30 minutes every morning for yoga, or meditation, an hour every week for reading or hobbies, or a date night every month with your partner or friends.

4. Spend Time Alone. It’s important to give yourself some solitude. Even if it is just 5 minutes a day that you set aside for yourself, this will give you some time to relax and unwind. This can also be done while your child naps, or while another friend or family member is watching your child.


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