by Lucille Rosetti,http://thebereaved.org/
Do your kids have a hard time facing the day ahead? With all of the stressors in children’s lives these days, it’s understandable if yours are having trouble coping with everyday tasks and responsibilities.
As a parent, it’s important to lead by example, so be sure to implement some of these tips from Omtastic Yoga into your own life for maximum effectiveness.
Why Self-Care Is Important for Children
It’s easy for kids to ignore their own self-care needs. They may put off tasks like exercising, meditating, or practicing gratitude until the last minute before bed. And parents often don’t prioritize their own self-care either.
Studies have shown that parents who often miss opportunities to take care of themselves are more likely to fight with their partners and have less patience with their kids.
As a result, it’s important for parents to set a good example for their kids by practicing self-care themselves. Kids will appreciate the importance of taking care of themselves and they’ll reap the benefits too—like less stress and an improved mood.
How Kids Can Practice Self-Care
Kids can practice self-care by doing any of the following:
- Practicing gratitude
- Breathing exercises
- Children’s clubs
- Creating art
- Listening to music
Try one or all of these self-care tips to see which ones your kids respond to. Try doing some of them together for an added bonus.
Check Out Online Counseling Options
Another good idea is to find mental health support for your child if they’re overwhelmed by stress and anxiety. These days, you can access mental health services virtually. When you check into information about online counseling you’ll see that online therapy is convenient, secure, private, and less of a commitment than in-person therapy. By choosing to see an online therapist, you’ll have a wider variety of licensed professionals to choose from, save time on travel, and pay less for mental health care. Many therapists also offer a complimentary consultation to ensure you find the right match for your child.
Tips for Role-Modeling Self-Care
When you’re a parent, it’s hard not to put your own needs last. After all, there are more important things to focus on. But if you don’t role-model self-care, this can affect your child’s self-care routine.
If you’re a business owner, the Timing Blog notes that limiting distractions is one way to reduce burnout. This includes turning off your phone and avoiding social media for a few hours a day. You should also delegate tasks to employees or colleagues when possible or tackle large tasks in the morning, so they aren’t left until later in the day.
Lastly, create some space for yourself by clearing out clutter and making time for meditating or exercising. As a parent, you’re often juggling work with raising your kids. Make sure you have time for yourself, too!
Ways to Avoid Burnout as a Business Owner
As a business owner, you are on the go constantly. You’re working on your business and reaching out to others for help. This means you can easily get burnt out. Burnout can be caused by too many long hours, not delegating tasks, and doing everything yourself.
There are many ways you can prevent burnout. One suggestion from The Wellbeing Thesis is to take breaks. Even if it is just for 10 minutes or so, taking breaks can help you stay focused and refreshed.
You should also be delegating some of your tasks to other people in your company so that you don’t feel like everything falls onto your shoulders.
If you have been doing something for a while, set up an appointment with yourself to tackle this task when time allows for it rather than right away. As a result, it won’t feel like more of a chore later on when things are busier at work.
Lastly, make sure to tackle larger tasks in the morning rather than later in the day when your energy levels are likely lower. It’s best to seize the day and make the most of your available time.
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