Fear and worry can be so pervasive that we don't take proper care of ourselves. We're simply too preoccupied and overwhelmed.
What you need is some honest-to-goodness "me time."
That's why it's so critical to reserve time for genuine self-care. Not only for our own physical and mental wellbeing but the health of our family.
There might never be a more critical time for our self-care and our sanity than now.
It is only when we take the time to look after our own needs first that we can genuinely give our best to those around us.
Fill your cup first
Focusing on your wellbeing helps you to stay focused on your work and other priorities so you can manage the energy needed for great parenting.
When your kids see you making time for self-care, it teaches them the importance of it as well.
Start with self-awareness
Think about it. If you don't get enough sleep, how can you parent effectively?
If you don't eat healthy food, how will you have the resources to continually show up as a great parent and do your important work at the same time?
If we give up on our self-care, exercise and good habits, citing lack of time as an excuse, it's a slippery slope down the hill to stress, overwhelm and anxiety.
💡 Now it’s your turn
How can you practice more self-care at home? Here are 10 simple ideas:
Rise early before the kids and spend time in meditation.
Use visualisation to see your day unfolding in a productive and inspiring way.
Get all your thoughts and concerns out of your head and down on paper by writing in your journal.
Write your appreciation list for all the things you're grateful for and focus on the good each day.
Write down your top 3-4 priorities each morning to help you manage overwhelm.
Decide to focus on fresh, healthy foods for maximum energy.
Stay off your device as much as possible to reduce overwhelm, stress, and fatigue.
Focus on one thing at a time and remember multi-tasking is an energy drainer.
Drink 1.5L of water each day to stay well hydrated.
Aim for 30 mins of exercise each day, even if it's just a jog around your block.
Oh, and before you go, read this twice: self-care is not selfish. On the contrary, it's one of the best gifts you can give to yourself and your children. Yes, taking a step back from your duties as a parent can lead to guilt and anxiety, especially now. But that much-needed break results in higher energy, better health, more patience, and a more positive outlook.
At the end of the day, isn't that the type of parent you want to be for your child?