When your own well-being is taken care of, you will be in a better position to make good decisions for your family and yourself.
Do What You Enjoy
Finding the energy and making time for recreational activities is often not a priority especially when you are busy or highly stressed. However, engaging in recreational activities that you enjoy can provide much needed rest and recharge your physical and emotional batteries. This may require intentional effort, but it is important in the process of taking care of yourself.
Consider taking the time to pick your hobbies back up again or to participate in activities together with your children. These activities can be simple and require little to no planning, and can help both you and your children cope with what the family is going through. Some activities you may consider include:
- Watching your favourite show or movie.
- Cooking or baking.
It would be good for you to make a list of recreational activities you enjoy so that you know what you can do when you feel stressed or emotionally exhausted. When such self-care activities become part of your daily routine, it becomes easier to remember that you have to care for yourself before you can care for others.
Pause and Reflect
What are some activities that you enjoy doing?
How can you work them into your daily schedule?