Being a parent is one of the most rewarding things that could ever happen to you. There’s no better feeling than knowing that your children are happy, content, well cared for and ultimately, loved. We’re so happy and eager to put them first, that we often neglect our own needs and wants in order to make them happy. There is nothing wrong with this of course; we all want to be the best parents we can be. However, continually neglecting ourselves can often have a negative impact on not just our physical health, but our mental health too.
Looking after yourself is just as important as looking after your children. If you continue to exhaust yourself or neglect your own happiness or mental wellbeing then you’re of no use to anyone. Looking after yourself is the best way to continue doing the amazing job that you’re already doing. And with this in mind, I’ve come up with 4 ways you can look after yourself which won’t rock your routine too much and will certainly help you physically and mentally.
Visit your dentist
When was the last time you visited your dentist? When you’re chasing around after the little ones it’s easy to forget these kinds of things – until you have a toothache! Having regular appointments with your dentist – check out Weybridge Dental if you’re looking for a new a practice – can help keep your oral health in check and prevent any nasty infections, tooth or gum problems from taking hold before they start causing you real problems. Go and book an appointment now.
Go and get a health MOT
You probably spent more than enough time at your GP practice and at hospital throughout your pregnancy. Not to mention health visitor visits and children’s clinics…But when was the last time you had your general health checked? Your blood pressure, your weight (if it’s something you’re worried about), an annoying cough that won’t quit or pain in your back after pregnancy that comes and goes. If you’ve not been feeling like your old self since pregnancy then speaking to you GP about any mental health concerns you have is also a good idea.
Get some sleep
Easier said than done I know! Night feeds, teething and even your other half snoring is enough to put anyone’s sleep pattern out of whack. So, try to sleep as often as you can. Nap when the baby naps or ask a friend, relative or someone you trust to watch the children while you have an hours rest.
Make time for something you love
It’s not easy to pick up your old hobbies from your pre-pregnancy days. But taking some time to do the things you love is good for you. Whether you enjoy hitting the gym, reading fiction, writing stories, even sewing or photography, it’s so important to still enjoy the things you love. Arrange a night in the week where the children are looked after (or sleeping) for you to enjoy an old pastime. You deserve it!