Self-care tips for parents and carers

Self-care is incredibly important and can help to strengthen your family. If you’re happy and healthy, you can be more attentive and engaged as a parent or carer.

Image: Notice new things you’re thankful for every day.

When developing your own self-care routines and rituals, keep in mind that the more often you manage your wellbeing the longer you will be able to sustain a happy and positive household.

Here are some ways you can look after your physical and mental wellbeing to ensure you have enough energy to continue to successfully parent and care for your children:

Practice gratitude

When you start to feel overwhelmed, try to think about the good things in your life. Even if it’s just little things. This helps you change your mindset and focus on the present instead of potential future anxieties. A mindful way to freshen up your gratitude practice is to notice new things you’re thankful for every day.

Colour in with the kids

The reason adult colouring books are popular is simple; it’s both fun and affordable. Just like it does for children, colouring clears the mind and channels focus into the task at hand, helping you to de-stress from other worries. It’s a great way to have a digital detox too. So get the colored pencils out and get started.

Create a schedule

Keep in mind that everyone is under a lot more stress than normal. You may not have the same level of resilience, patience and mental fortitude that you normally have, and that’s ok. Give yourself a break, and manage as best you can. Offer yourself encouragement and support and speak to yourself gently.

Set aside some ‘you’ time in the schedule, whether it’s going for a run, video-chatting with friends or sitting down to read. Make a firm date with yourself, instead of just saying you’ll do it ‘sometime later’. If you have a partner, coordinate with them so you both get regular, scheduled alone time.

Listen to music or a podcast

Music has the power to influence mood and energise. If you’re feeling anxious, listen to calming music. If you’re feeling low, listen to uplifting music. The best part is you can listen to music while doing other tasks and you can even involve your family for an impromptu dance party if you feel everyone needs it. Podcasts are also a great way to learn new things and get new perspectives while on the go or relaxing.

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