Repeat after us: self-care is not selfish. It is a necessary part of parenting. It is the best way that you can be there -- physically and emotionally -- for your baby and others who depend on you.
Explore this page to learn more about the importance of self-care, tips for practicing self-care, and resources.
Have you ever heard the phrase 'you can't pour from an empty glass'? It means that you have to take care of yourself first in order to take good care of others. If you are healthy--emotionally, mentally, and physically--you are better able to be present for, and enjoy, the people who depend on you the most.
Self-care is about taking care of yourself so that you can show up for your family. Self-care can look a lot of different ways and includes taking care of yourself:
Whatever self-care looks like to you, give yourself permission to practice it. You're deserving of that kindness to yourself.
Commiting to taking care of and loving yourself is a great investment in your family's future. Here are some ideas:
Parenting can be exhausting. Try to find 15 minutes in a day to slow down, or even take a quick nap.
Connect to Yourself
Keep a journal and use it to vent, express gratitude, and write affirmations.
It is ok to tell people no. When you say 'no' to something, you may be saying 'yes' to more time for your family and peace of mind for yourself.
Talk to Someone
Everyone can benefit from therapy. A therapist can help you work through difficult feelings and challenges and help you get peace.
Knowing when and how to ask for help is one of the best ways to practice self-care. Here are some great resources for getting support and building your village.
Talk to other birthing families about dealing with stress.
Patterson Park North & East:
The Family Tree
Call their parenting helpline or take advantage of their drop-in childcare program.
Free weekly fitness and nutrition program.
For Spanish Speakers:
Black Mental Health Alliance
Mental wellness support, including finding a therapist and healing racial trauma