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Squeezing in Self Care

As a parent or caregiver, it’s easy to put your needs last, but even one small thing a day for YOU can make a huge difference. By prioritizing self-care and incorporating these tips into your daily routine, you can improve your overall well-being and be better equipped to handle the challenges of parenting. 

Why is Self-Care Important?

Self-care refers to any activity that supports your physical, mental, and emotional health. It’s so important to make self-care a regular part of your routine because it can help you reduce stress, boost your energy levels, and improve your mood. As parents, we all know how overwhelming and exhausting parenting can be, but when we take care of ourselves, we’re better equipped to handle these challenges. So go ahead, take a little time for yourself today and see how it enhances your overall quality of life! 

Get Enough Sleep

Easier said than done, right? Prioritizing sleep can be a challenge with kids: when we finally get the kids down for bed, we might be tempted to get a few things done around the house, binge our favorite show, or scroll through social media. However, sleep is crucial for your physical and mental health, so finding a balance between sleep and taking time for yourself could be helpful. In an ideal world, once you put your kids to bed, they’ll sleep soundly for the rest of the night, but here are some things you can do, if possible, to ensure you’re rested and sleeping as best as you can: 

Take Breaks

Taking breaks throughout the day can help you recharge and refocus. But let’s be real, that’s not always possible. Whether you have the option of a quick walk around the block, a coffee break with a friend, a moment alone in the bathroom, or even sitting on the opposite side of the room your child is in just so you can take a few breaths while they play, find ways to take breaks that allow you to step away from your parenting responsibilities or ask for support if you need a break.

Prioritize Physical Activity

Physical activity is an essential aspect of self-care. Make time for exercise each day, whether it’s a quick workout at home, a trip to the gym, a brief walk outside, or even a walk around your home. If you can’t find time for a full workout, try to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or going for a walk or doing an exercise with your children.

Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a technique that involves being fully present and engaged in the current moment. Practicing mindfulness can help you reduce stress, improve your mood, and enhance your overall well-being. You can practice mindfulness through meditation, yoga, or simply by taking a few deep breaths and focusing on your surroundings.

Connect with Others

It’s so easy to forget to reach out when you’re deep in the day-to-day but the benefits of connection are emotional support, improvements in mental and physical health,and can help us feel more of a sense of belonging.  Whether it’s through talking to a friend, attending a support group, or joining a social club, finding ways to connect with others can help you feel less isolated and improve your overall well-being. If you don’t know who to reach out to, try reaching out to mom groups online or in your local community. Chances are, there are also others who feel alone and may appreciate some support as well. 

Treat Yourself

Treating yourself to something you enjoy can be a great way to practice self-care. Whether it’s a movie, book, or a favorite food, find ways to indulge in things that bring you joy and make you feel good.Remember that self-care is not selfish, it’s essential, and it’s ok to consider professional help if you are feeling tense or angry all the time; unable to relax; experiencing panic attacks; or having difficulty sleeping or concentrating. As parents, we all have an immense love for our children and want to provide them with the best possible life. However, it’s important to remember that taking care of ourselves is equally important. By prioritizing our own needs, we are not only investing in our own well-being, but also setting a positive example for our children to follow. Let’s celebrate the fact that we are the center of our children’s world and by taking care of ourselves, we are ultimately taking care of them too!

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