We have all heard at some point in our lives that being a parent is all about sacrifice. Although that might have some truth in it, it doesn’t mean that you have to fully stop taking care of yourself. In all honesty, you are the pillar of your family, therefore you’ll need to be in the best health possible, so you can take on all the responsibilities without having your physical, mental and emotional health going down the drain.
Here are some aspects that you need to take care of, so you can rock at being a parent.
We all know that sleep is one, if not the main aspect of self-care, that goes out the window, particularly in the early stages where the child is establishing their sleeping patterns. Even though at first it may seem almost impossible not to have your sleep patterns going out of whack, there are a couple of tricks you can perform in order to sleep the best you can each time you have the chance to do so. If you want to, you could get natural sleep aids that can help you get a good night’s sleep.
Clean eating is beneficial for both you and your children. Kids learn through mere imitation from their main role models. That means that if you eat well, you will also improve their standards of eating well, and be ensured of their optimal health while you take care of yourself.
If you are still not sure about the benefits of cutting out junk food and getting on the path of clean eating, you should step back and consider the impact your actions will have on them in the long term. Keeping on neglecting and harming yourself with the consumption of junk food and the negative consequences it has will have an adverse effect on your family.
Move Your Body
Science doesn’t lie. Many scientific studies have proved over and over again the amounts of health benefits that go with a regular physical regimen.
If you don’t have any time throughout the day, you can try waking up thirty minutes earlier than usual, in order to take a vigorous walk or run in a park nearby. Even though it might be hard to get used to in the early stages, you will feel more refreshed and energized afterwards.
Go to The Doctor Regularly
Visit your doctor regularly, and don’t just go each time your children have to. Make sure you also book an appointment for yourself at least once every six months, so you can make sure everything is functioning as it should. You also want to make sure you get blood checkups, as well as biopsies, if needed. Especially so if some family member suffers from a chronic disease. By doing this you make sure you’re right on track to live longer whilst raising your children and watching them grow.
As a parent you are at risk of getting totally driven by the pressure of the “giving-the-best-you-can-to-your-children” syndrome, even if that means having your most fundamental basic needs rejected. Fortunately, that is something you can grow out of.
Like all other thoughts, pressure is in essence a thought, that’s why practicing meditation everyday can be a life changer as it helps you take a moment to sit quiet, relax and really take a look at the myriad of thoughts that run through your mind. The best thing to do is to watch them just as they are, without acting upon them, or doing anything about them.
Other powerful reasons to have meditatie is that it helps you be clearer in mind, grounded and connected with your true self. The long-lasting effects that deep connection can have will be profoundly positive on yourself and your family.
Finally, you’ll need to make sure you have your basic needs covered first. You are a provider and therefore none of the people who depend on you will be good if you are not good. Learning to take care of yourself as a human being will bring joy in your life, and the best impact on yourself and your family.