Parenting and caregiving is stressful. It requires life changes and the need to balance responsibilities.
We often feel tired, angry, depressed, nervous, and guilty – yes, its normal
Sometimes, it even affects your health – skin rashes, headaches, and backaches
Make time for yourself
You will become a better parent/caregiver if you take time to look after yourself!
Slow down – Relax and remember. to take deep breaths
Take time to eat well and eat enough. This may mean many little meals throughout the day to ensure you remain full of energy when taking care of your children
Get enough rest and sleep. Aim for 7-8 hours a night and make it a priority. Stick to a sleep schedule and practice a relaxing bedtime ritual
Be active each day whether by walking or using physical activity services such as a gym. Being physically active increases your energy and self-esteem, improves your sleep, and reduces your risk of developing chronic diseases!
Be open to learning and trying new things. Challenge yourself to try one new thing a week!
Take some quiet time for yourself each day, even if it is only 20 minutes to read a chapter of a book!
Talk to someone you trust when you are feeling overwhelmed
Make time for your partner
A healthy relationship is important when caring for yourself and your child
Speak honestly and respectfully
Trust each other
Self-care should be practiced regularly, throughout your life!
Self-care are actions that we incorporate into our everyday life that enable us to maintain and improve health, wellbeing, and wellness
Why is self-care good for us?
Self-care are individualized choices that we make each day in regard to our lifestyle
It empowers people to look after themselves and helps to prevent ill health in the future
It provides people with confidence and a sense of happiness
It helps people recover from illness, manage ongoing physical and mental health conditions and live longer lives
Tips for self-care
Recognize that self-care is an effective strategy for positive mental and physical health
Even five minutes can help! Set aside 5 minutes per day to do something for your overall wellness, even it is something as simple as a face-mask!
Love yourself from the inside out! Whether it be a yoga class to relax your mind, going for a run, or drinking plenty of water each day, keep up with things that make you feel good on the inside and outside.
Be social – do not be afraid to talk about your feelings and/or struggles.
Identify what you enjoy doing and integrate it into your day, or at least your week.
Debrief after a long day. Take a walk at the end of the day or listen to some music at the end of the night to relax after a stressful day
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