Often people misunderstand the term “self-care.” Many think it is to treat, spoil, or pamper yourself.
Self-care means doing healthy things for yourself to help you feel better and stay positive during times you are stressed. Things like exercising, eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and doing relaxing activities like yoga, meditation, or prayer. Self-care is also the ability to calm ourselves when a stressful event occurs.
Others can support us (like a spouse, partner, family member or friend), but they aren’t responsible for our care. At the same time, we often we fall into the trap of thinking that we have to be responsible for the self-care of others (like your teen parent). This belief only increases our stress.
When you make taking care of yourself a priority, you will be able to set boundaries that will prevent you from doing for others what they can do for themselves. You will feel appreciated rather than taken for granted.
Here are a few self-care suggestions:
Click here to check out The Child Development Institute for more suggestions on stress management for parents.