Let's talk about you. Self Care is so important. No matter where you're at with your own life, it's important that you take care of yourself or you won't have anything left to give, especially as they get older and it gets harder. And trust me, it will get harder. We all know that as a parent, you can't just give up. Well, most parents start out with the best of intentions.
Sometimes giving up just happens. And I don't mean giving up in a sense of giving up love time or meeting their physical needs. I mean, like giving up mentally. I work with a lot of parents who have said, I work 40 hours a week to provide for my kids, they have everything they need. I don't understand why this is happening. After exploring more, it usually comes out that the parent is exhausted from working so much and when it comes to the hard stuff like taking away privileges being on top of things like fitness, exercise and sleep, phones, friends, etc.
They're just too tired. give so much and rightfully so, when you get off work, the last thing you want to do is to fight with your kids about bedtime or about eating healthier where they've been. But what really needs to happen is that you need to figure out a way to not be so exhausted. And to do that it's important to take care of your own self. practice what you preach. Are you living your best life?
Do you get enough sleep? Do you eat healthy and exercise? Do you take time out to do things that are just for you. If you're not working on yourself, you can't possibly have anything else left to give. If you focus on yourself, you'll be amazed how that trickles through. By being consistent with your own self.
You can be consistent with your parenting too. And it's important to think outside the box again here, right things like going on a family hike or mother daughter spa day. that kills two birds with one stone. You're spending quality time with your kid, but you're also taking care of yourself too. So to start, make a schedule for yourself and see where you can fit in and where in your life you can improve on. Take time each day to reflect.
You can journal meditate, whatever appeals to you, but your life as you is just as important as your life as a parent. You deserve this and remember this always, you can't pour from an empty cup.