Taking Care of the Caretaker
Take care of yourself, so you can better take care of your children. Try to maintain healthy routines. Are you drinking enough water or eating healthy foods? Do simple activities that you enjoy and that help you feel calm. No matter what your situation is, try to:
- let someone know you need a hug,
- cut out a picture that makes you feel good and keep it close at hand, or
- go for a walk, or exercise to reduce stress.
Even with limited time, you can
- take a few deep breaths,
- listen to a favorite song, or
- stretch your body.
Connect with family members. Feeling isolated is very common for parents, particularly during complicated times. You don’t have to do this on your own. You can find support for yourself and for your family. Share your emotions with trusted friends and family and involve them with logistics. Is there anyone who can pick up one of your children after school or can help prepare food once in a while?
Connect with support networks. It’s okay to ask for help. When things get tough, managing your own emotions is one of the most important ways you can help your child. Professionals or support groups can offer a chance to share your feelings and can give you strategies for managing all the changes in your life.