Rest and Self Care
As most of us have enjoyed an extra day of rest due to the long weekend, I would like to discuss the topic of rest and self-care. According to Raisingchildren.net.au, looking after yourself is essential. Self-care allows you to be the best version of yourself and in turn the best parent, wife/ husband, boss, co-worker, etc. Looking after yourself is not only beneficial for you but when you actively take care of your mental, physical and social well-being it sets you up to give your best to your children so that they can thrive and grow as well. With the busyness of life and balancing so many components, it can be easy to forget to take care of yourself. With this post, I would like to provide a few practical tips on how to take care of your physical, mental/emotional, and social well-being.
According to Psychology Today, physical wellbeing is the ability to improve the functioning of your body through healthy living and good exercise habits. Some of the things you can do to improve your physical wellbeing are:
- Stay active. Exercising regularly not only helps you get physically fit but helps you feel better. There are many fun and different ways of exercising (cycling, walking, weightlifting, etc.), so find what works best for you and your schedule.
- Healthy Food. Nourish your body with foods that will give you sustained energy throughout your day such as home-cooked meals made with whole-foods. Also, limiting takeout as well as foods with lots of caffeine, sugar, and high-fat.
- Raisingchildren.net.au states that there are two golden rules to resting. Firstly, go to bed early. Secondly, have a nap if possible.
Mental and Emotional Wellbeing
Psychology Today defines emotional wellbeing as the ability to practice stress-management and relaxation techniques, be resilient, boost self-love, and generate the emotions that lead to good feelings. There are many challenges that come from raising a family which can lead to increased levels of stress and anxiety. To help deal with stress the following components may be helpful:
- Writing or journaling. You may like to focus on writing about the things you are grateful for or anything frustrating you at the time.
- Speak to trusted people about how you are feeling. This could be your partner, family members, or close friends.
- Take time to do activities that you enjoy such as cooking, watching a movie, or walking. Find time to do it alone or even with your family.
Psychology Today states that social well-being is the ability to communicate, develop meaningful relationships with others, and maintain a support network that helps you overcome loneliness. You may like to take the following steps to help improve your social well-being:
- Seek assistance from support services such as parenting hotlines, which can help you cope with the challenges of raising a family.
- Asking family or a friend for support if needed (for example to babysit).
- Make time out of your busy schedule to nurture your closest relationships. This can include having a date night with your partner or having a coffee with a close friend.
Lastly, I would like to leave you with the following quote:
For more information about self-care as a parent or caregiver please visit the following websites: