They say that age is just a number, and while that can be very true, we are all getting older (which is never more obvious than when you are a parent and can see your kids growing at an alarming rate). If you are feeling your age, though, then no could be the time to do something about it. When you are taking care of yourself you are much more likely to feel fresher, younger, and have more energy for doing all that you need to do as a parent. So here are some tips and ideas to help you navigate life as parent, and fitting in taking care of yourself as well.
Part of being healthy and well is all about feeling good both physically and mentally. Which is why something that can make a difference is practicing gratitude, expressing thanks, and being more mindful. When you have a lot on your mind you can internalize a lot of stress, but this can help. Express these things verbally or perhaps in something like a gratitude journal.
Develop Coping Strategies
There will be a whole range of emotions that you will go through as a parent, and just when living everyday life. Sometimes we can be overwhelmed and others we can be overjoyed with joy. So developing some coping strategies is a really good idea. It could be taking some time out to exercise, deep breaths, or just dropping everything to be fully-immersed with your kids and just playing. Ways to cope will be different for everyone, so find something that works for you.
Depending on the age of your children, you are likely to be pretty active anyway. And unless you have had a vasectomy, then you never know if there may be more little ones to chase around on the cards. But if you aren’t, or your only activity is walking to and from school with the kids, then it could be time to do something more. When you move more, it can be beneficial to your mental health, physical health, weight maintenance, as well as keeping you healthy from the inside out. Of course, time is a must, and you need to find something that you enjoy so that you are motivated to keep doing it.
Develop Deep Bonds with Your Children
When you spend time with your children and develop deep bonds with them, then it can help you and your health, particularly your mental health, as well as helping your child and their emotional health as well. There has even been studies that have looked into this and have found that a man’s work-related stress is much easier to cope with and deal with when they have emotional involvement with their children. Plus, the more that a dad is engaged with their children and fully involved, the more satisfied he is with his life. So it makes complete sense to get fully involved with your family, as it is good for everyone.
This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.