As a parent, it is easy to put your child’s needs in front of your own. That is why self-care is so important for not only your well-being, but for also your family’s well-being.
Caring for children who have experienced trauma can be mentally, emotionally, and physically draining. On top of other daily life stressors surrounding work, family conflicts, and so on many families also have the stress of parenting through a pandemic, the stress surrounding school decisions, and the stress of changes with social interactions.
Self-care falls under 6 main categories. Many self-care activities can fall within multiple categories. Below are the 6 main categories and some self-care ideas:
- Physical self-care:
-Good sleep routine, healthy diet, regular exercise or physical activities
2. Psychological self-care:
-Mind exercises, journaling, minimizing usage of social media, establishing a hobby such as meditation
3. Emotional self-care:
-Positive affirmations, doing an activity that makes you happy, reading a book
4. Spiritual self-care:
-Worship, yoga, self-reflection
5. Social self-care:
-Alone time with friends and family, date nights
6. Professional self-care:
-Leave work at work, use allotted PTO/vacation/sick leave as needed, take short breaks, or a mental health day
Below are some ways to help establish a self-care routine:
- Schedule self-care into your routine. This may include getting up earlier in the morning, scheduling time at the end of the day, or whenever works best in your schedule. Scheduling self-care into your daily routine can ensure there is time set aside for you.
- Don’t feel guilty for putting yourself first. This is so important! In order to care for others, you need to take care of yourself.
- Reach out for help when needed. This can include reaching out to extended family members or friends when you need some extra help. Reaching out to others who are experiencing the same problems you are can also be very beneficial. There are many great options available through ND Post-Adopt Network. Post-Adopt Network offers monthly support groups, monthly family activities, camps and retreats, as well as time with your Post-Adopt Coordinator to express emotions and feelings, ask questions, and bounce ideas off of.
This blog post was written by Post Adopt Coordinator, Jaclyn Stroehl, LBSW