Your health should be your priority. When you’re the one who takes care of the daily family duties, getting the kids to school, making packed lunches, finding uniform, cooking, shopping and so on it can be very easy for your needs to take a back seat.
You wonder how you’ll squeeze that haircut into your busy day or find time to make a dental appointment for yourself.
If that all sounds familiar then this blog is all about championing self-care for the busy stay-at-home parent.
You’ve probably had people express their jealousy over your “time off”, that part of the day after you drop the kids to school and when you pick them up again but if that’s what time off looks like, then you could do with a vacation.
There is always so much to do and so few hours to fit all those chores in. That’s why, when it comes to taking care of your mental or physical health you’re going to have to force some time.
Have you got laundry to do, the yard to sweep, a dripping tap to mend? Stop right there. It can all wait. A parent who’s out of commission with a bad back or worried about their tooth pain or hearing loss, is a parent who isn’t functioning at their best. Bad for you and bad for your family. Take the laundry to the dry cleaning and call your dentist, doctor or osteopath and put yourself first for a change. Don’t put off issues that might get worse and learn more about how hearing aids might change your life around for the better.
Ask For Help
This often feels so very hard to do and if you have a partner who’s out at work all day, it can be hard to have them find time to do the school pick up. So if you need to, think about spreading the net a little wider. Rope in grandparents, aunts, uncles and neighbors. So many people are glad to be asked and don’t mind at all looking after your children for a couple of hours when they know they’re helping you out. After all, you’d do the same for them and they know that too.
If you’re really stuck then get a paid sitter. Yes, it can feel like an expensive investment but you need to know that you’re worth every penny. Go online and hire a sitter from a trusted agency who carefully vet their employees or pay for a friend’s teen to take charge, even just for an hour so you can get treated.
When everything revolves around your organisational skills and your abilities to have everyone in the right place at the right time, then you need to make sure you’re mental and physical health are on top form.
If you feel yourself struggling mentally, then reach out as soon as you can. Take care of your mental health in the same way you would your physical well-being and don’t delay in seeking treatment.
Stay at home parents are the backbone of their families so recognize your worth and make your health a priority, even for just one day.