The importance of taking part in self-care is not a new idea, and neither is the fact that sometimes parents need to be reminded to do so. Often in the midst of navigating parenthood, it can be difficult to make time for self-care activities. It can even feel overwhelming and/or selfish to do so. To make this process easier, it helps to understand what "self-care" means.
What is self-care?
Self-care doesn't have to be a big deal - you do not have to sign up for a day at the spa or take a big trip to reap the benefits . It is all about being healthy and re-charging yourself. Bottom line: self-care = taking care of your self.
Think about all the things you do for your child/children on a daily basis (feed, dress, bathe, change diapers, play, read, etc.). These basic care activities are all aspects of your self-care too.
Self-Care Strategy Ideas:
- Eat regular, healthy meals
- Drink plenty of water or non-caffeinated beverages
- Rest as you are able
- Take a 5 minute walk, do stretching exercises or meditation
- Take a relaxing bath or shower
- Talk to a friend or relative
- Read a book or watch a favorite TV show
Remember, taking care of yourself is not selfish! Rather, it is a necessity for your health and wellness AND it can help you to be able to respond and care for your children more easily and effectively.
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