It should come as no surprise that parents can have a major impact on their kids’ emotional and physical wellbeing. After all, you’re the one who is raising and caring for them! But you might not realize what a positive impact your own self-care practice can have on them.
Here are 5 ways your children can benefit from your self-care.
1. Self-care can make you more patient with your kids
According to the Cleveland Clinic, self-care can help you be more patient with your kids! Popular self-care activities like meditation and mindful movement can help build patience by helping you learn to accept things that are happening in the moment—even when what’s happening is frustrating or stressful. In general, self-care can also help increase happiness and lower stress levels, which can make it easier to be patient with your kids.
2. Self-care can help you bond with your kids
Not all self-care activities need to be practiced alone! While taking time for yourself is important, there are plenty of self-care activities you can do with your kids. Making art, going for a walk, baking, and playing games are all great self-care activities that your kids can enjoy with you.
3. Self-care can give you more energy to run your household
Caring for kids requires a lot of energy. When your energy reserves are depleted, it can be difficult to run your household smoothly and juggle all of the many requirements of being a parent. Fortunately, self-care can help boost your energy levels, making it easier to care for your kids and get everything done. Self-care activities that involve physical exercise are particularly effective in boosting energy levels, so the next time you’re feeling low energy, try doing some yoga or going for a walk.
4. Self-care can help you model healthy habits
When kids see their parents practicing healthy habits, they might be more likely to practice healthy habits themselves. Research has found that parents’ habits can have a big impact on their children’s behavior. According to one study, children of physically active parents were 5.8 times more likely to be physically active as well. By practicing self-care, you can teach your kids how to develop self-care habits of their own.
5. Self-care can lower your child’s stress
When you’re feeling stressed out, it’s likely your kids are picking up on it. One study found that kids can sense when their parents are trying to hide their stress, and may start to experience their own stress as a result. Fortunately, self-care activities like meditation can help you reduce your own stress levels, which, in turn, can have a positive impact on your kids!
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