Taking Care of Yourself vs. Taking Care of Your Family

Still in our talk on loving yourself, it would be totally wrong for us to think that there are no distractions at home. Much as those responsibilities are there, it is essential for you to take care of your own needs as well. You will do your best as a parent and partner when you take time to look after your own needs and take care of yourself. Here are some ideas on how to keep your own health in mind as you maintain the delicate balance of doing both.

Put on Your Oxygen Mask First

As a parent, there are individuals who rely on our strength. We cannot lift anyone else up if we cannot stay up ourselves. Though there will always be others around you who have needs, make time for self-care before trying to rescue your family members. Prioritize and take time for yourself. Whether that means making time for a bubble bath, a 15-minute nap, or having some time alone, make it happen. You will feel refreshed and more capable of looking after everyone else.

Take Care of Your Body

When looking after your family, taking care of your health is important. Make time to exercise each day, even if it is only for 20 minutes. Exercising releases endorphins, the “feel good” chemical. This will help you to be a more positive role model and a more enjoyable person to be around.

Eat healthy. Although the fast pace of parenting and the job sometimes causes us to rely on fast foods, don’t let this become your main source of energy. Stock up on fruits and vegetables which will provide you with a variety of nutrients and enzymes, which naturally give you more sustainable energy. Keep a selection of lean proteins and fresh foods around that can be prepared quickly.

Get Enough Sleep

You will most certainly not function peacefully when sleep deprived. If you want to be the best you can be to everyone around you, consider setting a regular bedtime for yourself and stick to it the best you can. This will benefit those around you, and you personally as you will have less stress to carry on your shoulders.

Release Parental Guilt

Nobody is perfect. It is understood when caring for a family, a parent often feels they are doing everything wrong. Do your best, and don’t fret about the things you cannot control. There is no way for you to micromanage the life of each family member, so relax and take it easy on yourself and others. Change what you can, and don’t worry about the rest. This will put you back in a position of being able to carry the emotional load that parenting requires you to.

It is a large and sometimes strenuous job to take care of a family. If you care for yourself first, you will have more to give to those around you. Consider some of these tips to restore balance in your life. Take care of yourself and the lives of you and your family will all be better for it.

Ije Woko

Ijeamaka Woko is a minister with a love for writing and a passion for young people and the family as a whole. She is married and has 3 boys. A great love for words and reading are a strong driving force for her at this time.

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