Parents: Why It’s Important to be Mentally Healthy for Your Kids
Let’s face it, the past couple of years have been a challenge to say the least. With more stress in your work and personal life, parenting seems to get more challenging by the hour. Oftentimes, there are not enough minutes in the day to get everything done, including taking care of yourself. It becomes problematic when we do not take time for ourselves. When we neglect taking care of ourselves, we are not giving our best to those around us, including our children. Here are a few important suggestions to add to your self-care toolbox and incorporate in your day-to-day life:
1. Schedule alone time. It is hard to experience a calm and relaxed state when the chaos of daily life surrounds you.
2. Take care of yourself physically. Prioritize eating three meals a day. Try a new workout (even if it just 10 minutes). Clean your skin and wash your hair. It is amazing the difference these things can make.
3. Develop coping skills. Emotions are real and sometimes they are difficult to deal with. Find coping skills to help you feel grounded so you can continue to cross things off your to-do list.
4. Make sure to stay connected with your significant other and circle of friends. There is nothing like having conversations with people your own age and feeling supported.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Sometimes having a person who is not a part of your daily life is helpful to get new perspective and help you improve your overall well-being.
As a parent, if you prioritize yourself so you feel good physically, mentally, and emotionally, your kids will see and model your behavior. Do not be afraid to talk with them about self-care and how big emotions are normal. Teach your children about your feelings and how to cope with them. Then help them develop a toolbox so they can too.
By: Noel Vickery
MAADC II, Park University MSW Intern