Take Care of Yourself
Sometimes parents put their own needs last. But the fact is that parents cannot continue as effective caregivers if they do not take time to care for themselves. Parents need to be healthy to give all that they can to their loved ones.10
- Schedule time for yourself each week. Take a walk, read a book, pick berries, or exercise with friends. Take a class, indulge in a makeover, or go shopping. Do something fun. Take the time to do things that make you happy.
- Stay in touch with yourself. Keep a journal or a place where you can write down your feelings and thoughts.
- Stay in touch with friends.
- Try to eat healthy and stay active to prevent illnesses and chronic disease.
- Look your best. Although it takes time and effort, it also boosts your spirit.
- Accept help from others for extra hands at doctors’ appointments, grocery shopping, childcare, rides, etc…
Also, parents may benefit from mental health counseling services and are encouraged to bring up their mental health concerns (e.g. depression, anxiety) to their primary health care provider.
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