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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.


Self-Care Basics


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:

  • Physically

  • Emotionally

  • Mentally

  • Spiritually

  • Personally

Whatever self-care looks like to you, give yourself permission to practice it. You're deserving of that kindness to yourself. 

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Self-Care Tips


Self-Care Ideas

Commiting to taking care of and loving yourself is a great investment in your family's future. Here are some ideas: 

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Get Moving


Try to find a way to move your body. This can include taking a walk or dancing. 

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Be Kind to Yourself


Pay attention to how you speak to yourself. Affirm that you are a good parent and that you are loved by yourself and others.

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Build Support


Sometimes it helps to talk to people who can relate to your experience. Consider joining a parent support group or meet-up. 


Get a Check-up


It is important to have a check-up with your doctor every year to get important screenings. One way to remember them is to schedule them around your birthday.




Parenting can be exhausting. Try to find 15 minutes in a day to slow down, or even take a quick nap. 

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Connect to Yourself


Keep a journal and use it to vent, express gratitude, and write affirmations. 

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Set Boundaries


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.

Self-Care Resources


Support Groups

Talk to other birthing families about dealing with stress.

Upton/Druid Heights:


Patterson Park North & East:


The Family Tree

Call their parenting helpline or take advantage of their drop-in childcare program.



Pro Bono Counseling Project

Free therapy with a licensed professional for Maryland families, couples and individuals with limited resources


B'more Fit

Free weekly fitness and nutrition program. 

For Spanish Speakers:
443 800-4581

Black Mental Health Alliance

Mental wellness support, including finding a therapist and healing racial trauma


Here2Help Hotline

If you are in crisis, this helpline will connect you to immediate help and services.

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