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.

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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