Self-care Tips for Parents
It’s close to a year now when we started practicing our new ‘normal.’ Work and the school turned virtual and there are restrictions on how we travel and do things.
As a parent, you may find this pandemic very stressful. There are days when you may be thankful to be spending more time with kids, but there can also be days when Zoom meetings overlap homework questions you can’t figure out.
Plus, there’s the realization that video calls are not the same as talking in person, especially with the ones you love.
Happy parents, happy kids
You can never take good care of others well if you don’t take care of yourself. It’s important for you, the parent, to practice self-care, especially in this crazy time.
Here are some ways on how you can do it:
1. Prioritize your physical health
Your physical health is more important now than ever.
Prioritizing your physical health means feeding your body with good, nutrient-dense food and spending at least 30 minutes of any physical activity.
When you treat your body right, you feel and cope better with today’s challenges.
2. Have a routine
Establishing a routine is vital for your mental health. They’re especially good for households with children as they know what to expect.
It’s okay to have days when you just go with the flow, but for most days, try to follow a routine. Having a routine can also make it less stressful when you’re handling multiple responsibilities at home.
3. Pick your battles
Focus your mental and emotional energy on things that matter most. These include things that you have control of – your reaction to things, what you read, how you structure your day, etc.
4.Limit your news consumption
There’s a difference between getting updated and getting obsessed.
In many cases, reading too much news can do more harm than good. So, try to limit your news consumption. Stick to 1 to 2 reliable news sources and only read them at certain times of the day.
5. Reach out
Like many of us, you may start feeling the isolation brought by social restrictions. Try to use whatever resources you have to reach out to the people who matter a lot to you. You can schedule video calls, send text messages, or email your family and friends. They may not be the same as in-person meetings/talking, but they can make a difference.
If you still feel isolated even after doing all these and start to lose sleep and vigor in life, you may want to speak with a professional to get the help that you need.
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