We preach self care all the time, but it is especially important when you are caring for others. If you’re a mom, dad, or a caretaker of someone who is ill or aging, then you are probably busy all of the time. Many things can wear you down, making self-care even more vital.
One of the rules of thumb that creates this reminder for self-care is that you cannot take care of others if you’re not taking care of yourself first. Most people feel a little selfish taking care of themselves first, but it's important to remember that you cannot take care of anyone else if you get burnt out. Stress weakens the immune system, so consider making time for self care part of your healthcare. These tips are helpful for coming up with ideas on how
How To Make Self Care Important When Caring For Others
Shower When You Can
A lot of time when you are taking care of others, showers or baths become a once in a week thing. You’re not being gross; you literally don’t have time to shower. If you want to take care of yourself, don’t be shy about showering. Sneak in a five- minute shower and make sure to get dressed from head to toe each and every day. You will be surprised as to how amazing you feel just doing something so basic.
Eat Full Meals
I know from being on the go that it can be hard to find time to eat, this is especially true when you’re taking care of someone else. One way to take care of yourself is to make sure you’re actually eating good meals. Don’t just eat junk food, try and find something nutritious to eat, even if you are on the go. You really can’t go wrong with eating a protein and then fruits and veggies. Remember to eat well, so you can be there to take care of the people who are relying on you. If you like to snack between meals, make sure to stick with things that provide your body with nutrients instead of empty calories!
Find a Stress Reliever
One thing I have learned from being a mom to four boys is that finding a stress reliever is important. I’m not taking care of myself properly if I don’t have a stress reliever. Whether that means taking a walk or having one of my family members take the moms so I can have some alone time. I need that time of else I’m not the best caretaker to my kids that I can be.
- Scrapbook or crafting
- Long bubble baths with a glass of wine
- Read nonfiction books or favorite fiction authors on your Kindle
- Take a nap or listen to music
- Decorating your planner
- Paint your nails
- Spend 15 minutes with an adult coloring book (like this cute goat coloring book from my friend Jennifer!)
Find Time to Rest
Think about it, you can’t take care of others 24 hours a day whenever you cannot even take care of yourself. One of my best tips for taking care of others is spending at least one half-day a week resting. For me, that day is Sunday. I have my planner marked out for family time and self-care for most of the day. If you literally do not find time to rest, you will get burnt out and you won’t be much help. Self-care includes getting enough sleep and taking a break from your duties to renew your mind and body.
Taking care of yourself if so important. Self care is a must and these easy to follow tips are a great beginning to helping overcome stress and frustration in your daily life.