A lot of people might not realize it but taking care of your mental health can take a lot of focus and practice.
As a mom, you are familiar with how your habits can rub off on your kids. A parent should take the lead in healthy behaviors and be sure to give children the tools to deal with stress.
4 Ideas on how to practice self-care as a family:
Take Walks Together Any kind of physical activity is a good for you. Walking is easy, because even young babies can do it, so that makes it a great choice for the family. Family walks are a great time to teach and learn new things. You can stop to observe nature and talk about what you see or how you feel. Children also get the chance to learn from your example because children who exercise with their parents are more likely to work out as they get older.
Discuss Ways to Have Fun Some conversations should be used as a chance to engage everyone in the family, and discussions about future fun time prospects are a great time to include the littlest ones. Getting together and making decisions about trips and amusements parks will give some of the smaller children a chance to give their input and feel like they have a small say in family matters.
Prioritize Your Spouse After couples have children, many fall into the habit of putting their spouse at the bottom of the list. This can leave one to feel rejected and unloved. Much of this neglect is responsible for the high divorce rates among families today. Take the time to stand with your partner as one unit.
Teach Children Effective Stress Relief Your children are always watching you, so the way that you deal with stress rubs off on them. That’s why at a young age it is the perfect time to begin giving them the tools they need to deal with stress effectively. You can show them deep breathing techniques that make them more aware of how their breathing affects their body (bubbles are awesome for this). Teach them to focus and name their emotions. This will help them cope with the worst of what life can throw at them with a firm resolve.
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