Parenting is demanding; it takes a lot of energy. But looking out for your wellbeing – physically, mentally, and emotionally – will help both you and your family thrive.
Your “wellbeing” is the overall satisfaction you feel about yourself and your life – and it can change, depending on what is going on in your life. Positive wellbeing may include:
- Feeling able to cope with daily stress
- Having a sense of purpose and generally enjoying life
- Feeling able to manage negative emotions
- Felling connected to your community
- Having supportive relationships
- Being able to do and enjoy things that are important to you
Check in on your general wellbeing by asking yourself these questions:
- Do I have someone I can talk to about my feelings, thoughts, and experiences?
- Do I do things that I enjoy or that make me feel good?
- Do I get regular physical activity?
- Do I make time for distractions and fun?
- Do I make time for relaxation?
- Do I eat regular and healthy meals?
- Do I get enough sleep?
- Do I get breaks from my daily responsibilities?
- Do I spend time with people outside of my household?
- Do I feel that I can work through any problems?
After considering your answers, take small steps to improve your wellbeing.
- Reach out for support and say “yes” when someone offers to help
- Avoid expecting too much from yourself
- Talk about how you feel
- Plan time for yourself to do something you find enjoyable or relaxing
- Take any opportunity to get some rest
- Socialize and plan things to look forward to
- Eat regular, healthy meals
- Go for a walk and get regular exercise
- Remember that tough phases pass
- Value yourself and the job you are doing as a parent
Download and print this checklist HERE.
Adapted from Parentline