Being a divorced parent is challenging, and it can often feel overwhelming. In addition to adjusting to life without your former spouse, you must worry about finances, manage your household, spending time with your child, and so much more. Most divorced parents place themselves at the bottom of the list of important matters to care for. Yet, caring for yourself is the most important thing you can do and should do.
What is self-care?
Self-care is making sure that your needs are met and that you are caring for yourself physically and emotionally so that you can care for others. It is impossible to give the best of yourself if you are constantly exhausted and mentally drained from the hard work of parenting.
How to care for yourself
Caring for yourself begins with the decision that you are worth caring for and that you will make yourself a priority. Once you have done that, you can do many things that support your self-care, including:
- Eating healthy foods
- Exercising regularly
- Having a hobby
- Being around people who support you
- Joining a support group for divorced parents
- Seeking therapy
- Taking classes about skills you want to brush up on
Caring for yourself is critical for getting through a divorce, parenting, and living life post-divorce. Everyone should practice self-care, because we cannot give others what we do not have ourselves. Making sure that you are healthy, supported and feeling good is essential to a happy, healthy life.
Most parents care so much for their children that they forget about themselves. It is just as important, however, to consider your own needs so that you can be a better person and a better parent.