How To Look After Your Emotional Wellbeing As A Parent
Exciting, challenging, joyous, exhausting—being a parent can feel like an emotional rollercoaster.
It’s easy to forget you’re not only a parent but also a person.
We get it—being a parent is demanding to say the least. Keeping up with your family’s needs can take a lot of physical and emotional energy. There’s immense pressure to get it right. But, when you’re tired and stressed, being a parent can feel like an uphill struggle.
Let’s remember, taking time to look after yourself and your wellbeing, isn’t only good for you, but it is beneficial for your whole family.
During this time, it’s important to shift some focus on yourself and reflect on your emotional needs.
Because, when you’re feeling good, you’ll be better equipped to cope to deal with any stresses and challenges, freeing you to enjoy your parenthood journey.
What is emotional health, and why does it matter?
Not only is emotional health necessary to your overall wellbeing, but it also impacts on your physical health and your family.
Research indicates an estimated 68% of parents live with a severe mental illness in the UK.
By engaging with your feelings and behaviours, you’re less likely to feel angry and negative. While physical benefits of emotional health include better sleep, more energy, lower blood pressure and a stronger immune system.
Investing in your emotional health means you can also recognise when things are too much to handle and ask for help.
Looking after the health of your emotions - a quick guide
Here are some tips to help you improve your emotional help, build self-esteem, and fulfil your potential.
Tip 1: Learn to manage stress
Relaxation methods like meditation, mindfulness and breathing exercises will help you feel calmer and build your resilience in dealing with challenging situations.
Tip 2: Look after your physical health
How you feel physically affects how you feel mentally. Try to eat healthy food, reduce stimulants like caffeine and alcohol that can cause sleep disruptions and dehydration. Drink plenty of water and exercise regularly. Whether it’s a brisk walk, running or taking up yoga—it will help boost your natural endorphins, helping you feel sharper and more focused.
Tip 3: Aim for balance
Trying to be all things to all people all the time is a recipe for burnout. When it comes to your family, ask your spouse, partner, relatives, or friends to help out. Use the time to do something fun for yourself that you really enjoy.
Tip 4: Connect with others
Parenting can feel very isolating. Reach out to friends and family. Arrange meet-ups, whether these are in person or via zoom. Join social media forums and connect with other parents.
Tip 5: Don’t bottle up your feelings
If you are feeling down or overwhelmed, don’t feel you have to carry the burden alone. Tell those close to you what’s upsetting you and be honest. By sharing what’s bringing you down, you can more easily find solutions and change things.
A big stress for many new parents is sleep. Helping your little one fall asleep at bedtime, means you also can relax. Stick to a regular bedtime routine, make sure their room is dim, cool and comfy. Try using Klearvol inhalation capsules, which release soothing natural aromatic oils like Pine and Thymol to help your baby settle. These are easy to use and the perfect day or night. Giving you one less thing to worry about.