Mental health self-care for parents

As a parent, you’ve always got a to do list. But it’s also important that you look after your own mental health and wellbeing. Taking care of your mental health needs will help you feel more able to deal with the tricky moments when they arise.

Make time to do things that give you energy and make you feel good.

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Tips for boosting your mental health

  • Get active. Exercise can prompt chemical changes in the brain and cause positive changes in our mood. You don’t need any special equipment. Try following a yoga tutorial on YouTube or a Joe Wicks’ workout in your living room. You could go for a run or a solo walk in your local area. Whatever you choose, getting your body moving can be great for your mental wellbeing.
  • Do something you love. Take some time to do something that relaxes you. Keep it simple – put your feet up and read your favourite book, watch a film, or take a long bubble bath. Make space for activities that you can enjoy on your own. This can help remind you that you’re still a whole person, not ‘just’ a parent.
  • Cook a proper meal. Dust off the cookbook and test that recipe you’ve been meaning to try. Making a tasty meal from scratch can give you a real sense of achievement, and you get to sample something new. Use it as time to help you unwind. You could listen to your favourite podcast or album as you go.
  • Spend quality time with loved ones. Catch up with a friend or family member. You could have a virtual coffee, meet up to go on a walk together or keep it simple with a phone call.
  • Celebrate your achievements. Being a parent can be so rewarding but it also comes with plenty of challenges. Take a step back to reflect on how much you’ve accomplished. Write down a few of the hurdles you’ve managed to tackle since becoming a parent. It’s important to celebrate even the smallest of wins and take pride in how far you’ve come.
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