08 Mar You Can’t Pour From An Empty Cup!
Being a parent, caregiver or helping professional is not easy—it can feel as though we’re constantly focused on the children. But are you taking the time to focus on yourself, too?
We often dismiss even the most basic of tasks for ourselves. Self-care includes the simplest, physical things – like making sure we get enough sleep and eating healthy meals or even taking a long hot shower. But it also includes more emotional, social, psychological, creative/artistic and even spiritual time for ourselves. All can help improve our overall health, which in turn gives us more patience and ability to be present with our children.
Self-care can include:
- Getting enough rest
- Spending time with friends and family
- Enjoying a hobby
- Reading or writing in a journal
- Saying no to extra responsibilities
- Receiving regular, preventive medical care
- Joining a parental or caregiver support group
- Spending time outdoors in fresh air and natural light
You’re not neglecting your child’s needs by taking time for yourself. By taking time for self-care, you’ll see what an impact it can have on your physical and mental well-being and which in turn will impact how you care for others. After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup meaning you can’t take care of them without taking care of yourself first.
For more tips on self-care visit CDC.gov