As a parent, there’s a high chance you’re too busy to worry about feeling down. Or even to notice you are. When you’re focusing so much on everyone else’s wellbeing it’s all too easy to forget about your own.
The fact is; if you don’t look after your own mental health and wellbeing how can you possibly have the resilience to cope with the needs of your family and the odd crisis that may come your way? Here are some tips for looking after your mental wellbeing as a parent.
Use a diary to stay in control of your time. Block out certain times of the day or week to concentrate on you and your wellbeing. Ten minutes here and there can have a really positive effect. Use this routine to build up positive experiences to help keep you going through the rougher times.
Try not to multi-task, as this can make you feel stressed and have a detrimental effect on your ability to finish anything. If you take one thing at a time and complete it, this is far better for your mental health than being overwhelmed with tasks and seeing no end in sight.
Find a stress buster and use it. Anything you enjoy or anything that can let out some energy or frustration can really help when you’re feeling low or stressed. Perhaps loud music (if your children allow) and a dance around the house? Once you’ve discovered your stress buster then use it whenever you need to, and also set aside time each week to do this activity, even just for a few minutes.
For more help and ideas for looking after your mental wellbeing, visit https://www.actionforhappiness.org/10-keys-to-happier-living for a great list of positive things you can try.