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A Guide to Self-Care for Parents: Why Making Time For Yourself Matters

Article Source: https://www.waterford.org/education/self-care-for-parents/ 

Parenthood can be rewarding, but is it ever busy, too! Between taking children to school and managing other to-dos, some days it may feel like you don’t get a minute to yourself. And even when you hear about, self-care, you may dismiss it as frivolous, unnecessary, or even selfish.

But self-care has little to do with self-absorption and everything to do with health and wellness. In fact, self-care can be one of the best ways for parents to not only meet their own needs, but also their family responsibilities. Once you view self-care through the correct lens, it’s easy to see that it’s anything but selfish.

Read on to discover the difference between self-care and self-indulgence, as well as how proper self-care can enrich you and your family’s lives. Then, discover five engaging self-care activities for parents to help you improve your well-being one day at a time.

What Is Self-Care, Anyway?

Many people treat self-care as a synonym of self-indulgence. Images of eating bonbons in a bubble bath or taking walks on the beach might float through your head. But not only is this inaccurate, such assumptions can turn selfless or practical people away from practicing the self-care that could improve their physical and emotional well-being.

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