It’s National Stress Awareness Day! Many parents prioritize their children and families before their mental health — but even parents require self-care. The Kangaroo Forest has compiled a list of self-care tips for busy parents:
For busy parents, self-care often falls to the bottom of the to-do list. Between work, kids, housekeeping, and more, self-care is considered a lesser priority. However, if you aren’t taking care of yourself first, you can’t show up as your best self for your children and obligations. Therefore, it is important to schedule daily or weekly self-care practices. Yes, we said “schedule”!
Just as you would schedule a dentist appointment for your child or designate time to help them with their homework, you must schedule time to take care of yourself — because your well-being is just as important! Whether it be a trip to the spa or a quiet walk around the block, pencil it into your calendar. Self-care is non-negotiable and should be treated as such.
Check in with yourself
With the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life, you could go days or weeks without realizing you’ve been neglecting your self-care. This is why it’s important to check in with yourself!
Journaling is a great way to develop self-awareness around your self-care routines. Once you’ve gotten comfortable for the evening, grab a pen and paper. You can begin by journaling about your day or week. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
How have I been feeling? Why have I been feeling this way?
How are my stress levels? What is contributing to my stress?
What physical, emotional, and mental needs are unmet? How can I better serve myself?
Once you have reflected on your mental state, make a list of activities or things that bring you joy. Then, brainstorm how you can incorporate these things into your week.
Make self-care a family affair
Self-care doesn’t always have to be an activity you do alone. Self-care simply includes activities or practices that leave you feeling refreshed and renewed. For many people, quality time with their family is a form of self-care.
Plan a fun game, activity, or outing for the whole family — yes, homework and laundry can wait! Whether it’s a family bike ride through the neighborhood or a trip to the movies, family time can be so refreshing. Furthermore, demonstrating the importance of self-care will instill healthy habits in your children.
Are you a busy parent searching for daycare or after school care? The Kangaroo Forest offers both for ages 6 weeks to 12 years. We strive to create a positive learning environment that will support your child’s development. Interested in learning more? Contact us today!