7 Reasons Parents Must Make Themselves a Priority Too

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Parents all over the world are going without sleep, proper food, relaxation and generally neglecting themselves in order to provide the best care possible for their children. Unfortunately, this is exactly the opposite of what they should be doing. Caring for yourself physically and mentally is not selfish in any way; you need to the best version of yourself to provide the very best upbringing for them. If you’re a parent who is pushing their needs to the bottom of the list, here are seven big reasons why you need to step back and make yourself a priority.

 

  • Look After Yourself to Look After Your Children

 

If you are feeling lethargic, tired, depressed or stressed all the time, you will not be able to take care of your family to the best of your ability. Eating a proper diet, taking regular exercise and sleeping well will provide you with the energy you need to be the best parent you can be.

 

  • Take Care of Your Mental Health

 

Taking the time to look after yourself can significantly improve your mental health. If you neglect your emotions and fail to take time to process your own psychological needs, over time these could develop into serious mental health issues.

 

  • Invest Time in Your Relationship

 

If you are currently with a partner in a long-term relationship, you need to give yourself time to develop this bond. You need mental and physical energy to invest in a successful relationship and build a loving family environment. Have date nights as often as you can to keep the relationship front and center.   

 

  • Be a Role Model

 

Your children are learning from you when it comes to how to live their life. They need to see you looking after yourself and making yourself a priority so that in later years they understand that it’s what they should be practicing.

 

  • Look After Your Physical Health

 

Your physical health needs as much care and attention as that of your children. If you aren’t sleeping, eating well or exercising you may become at a higher risk of illnesses. Your body has ways of telling us when it is struggling and needs to recover; learn to listen to it, or you could end up too unwell to take care of your family. Click here for more information on symptoms which might suggest you are run down.

 

  • Recharge Your Self-esteem

 

When we become parents, we often forget to make time for our interests and hobbies which make us who we are. You need to carve out time to do what makes you happy now and again, whether that’s reading a book, socializing with friends or getting a massage. Losing our sense of identity can have a real impact on our self-esteem and can lead to a lack of confidence in our abilities. Your children will witness this and can learn damaging behaviors, so make sure you remember to acknowledge yourself as an individual from time to time. If you find yourself struggling with physical insecurities, don’t put it off if you can improve things now. Whether it’s buying a new outfit, taking a spa day or even getting a procedure such as a hair transplant with Gethair.co.uk, it’s worth it if it helps you become a happier parent.

 

  • Prevent Regrets in Later Life

 

If you spend your life jumping for the demands of your children (or partner), it’s highly likely that you’ll begin to resent and regret this in later life, and that is potentially disastrous for your family’s relationships. Your children need boundaries and cannot expect you to be at their beck and call all the time. This is not only important for your sanity, but also in teaching them about responsibility and their own self-care.

 

Becky

Wife, mother, grandma, blogger, all wrapped into one person, although it does not define her these are roles that are important to her. From empty nesters to living with our oldest and 2 grandchildren while our house is rebuilt after a house fire in 10/2018 my life is something new each day.

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Great article and reminder! Sometimes I do get lost in being a parent and don’t make time for a “date night” with my husband. I do try to model healthy habits, and my kids both prefer to eat healthy. My daughters also want to be runners, like me. My 3 year old daughter asks if she can workout with me.