Practice Self-Care as an Overwhelmed Parent

Do you practice self-care? Your children might be the most important thing in your life, but it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by all of the responsibilities that come with parenting. If you’re struggling to take good care of yourself, here are a few practices that you might want to incorporate into your routine on a regular basis.

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Set Aside Phone-Free Time

While social media is a wonderful gift at times, being connected to everyone all the time can easily drain your energy. If you feel like you’re scrolling through social media just for lack of a better thing to do, it’s time to put the phone down. Whether you feel the need to check up on your kids’ profiles or be in constant communication with them online, it’s important to take a break from your screen for a little while. Your phone-free time doesn’t have to eliminate communication — just the mindless scrolling. If you want some real connection, try calling a friend to make plans. Almost 80% of cell phone calls are made indoors, and since there aren’t really a lot of other places to be at the moment this can be a great opportunity to really connect with someone you love. If you’d rather chuck the phone entirely, then take some time to get outside or get moving! Plan a family picnic to get everyone off of their phones and out of the house. Even a short walk around the block without your phone can be an act of self-care.

Invest in Therapy

Therapy is for everyone, including you. Whether you’ve had a tough go of it lately or you’ve been struggling with mental health for a while, investing in therapy is an incredible act of self-care. Taking care of your mind is just as important as taking care of your body, after all. The best part? You can partake in therapy sessions from the comfort of your own home. Online therapy offers access to mental health treatment for people in remote or rural areas, as well as for people who just can’t make it out of the house. Setting aside 45 minutes every week or two to talk out your problems with a licensed therapist just might be the best thing you ever do for yourself. Not only does therapy give you a chance to air anxieties and other feelings, but it can equip you with the tools you need to improve your mental health and your life in general.

Book a Massage

If you really need a break from it all, there’s no better self-care practice than massage. Stress takes a real physical toll on your body, which means that taking care of your body becomes that much more important in times of strife. You don’t have to sit in the spa all day, either. A massage session can last anywhere from 15 to 90 minutes, depending on the type of massage you’re getting and how much time you have. If you only have time for a quick massage, then there’s no pressure to stay longer than you need to. But if you’re really in need of an intense self-care session, you can book a longer session and even make a whole day out of it. You just might find that you feel physically and mentally more serene after you’re done.

When you’re a parent, it can feel like you have no time for yourself. That said, it’s incredibly important to make time for yourself. Your body and your family will definitely thank you!

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