When you become a parent it’s a fairly established fact that you fall right to the bottom of the pecking order when it comes daily care and attention. You’re suddenly responsible for a whole other person (and more, if you go on to have other children) and you always think of their needs first. It’s only natural, after all, when they’re very young they rely on you for everything. Once you’ve met your child’s day to day needs you continue down the list; partner, boss, friends, family, pets, not to mention all the household chores that need to be done. But do you ever stop to think about your needs?

It's all to easy to put everyone else first and then forget to take care of ourselves, but who will take care of our loved ones we have worn ourselves into the ground? That's what makes self-care for busy parents so important

I’m sure you’re all aware of the safety message on planes where they tell you, in the case of an emergency, to apply your own face mask first before helping others. As a parent your initial instinct would be to apply your child’s first but if you did that you may pass out and be no further use to your child right when they need you most. It’s an extreme example but one to keep in mind when you are rushing around after everyone else and wearing yourself out. Sooner or later, if you don’t take care of yourself too, you’re going to crash and burn.

“Taking good care of you, means the people in your life will receive the best of you, rather than what’s left of you.” – Carl Bryan

That’s what this series is all about. We’re all busy and we all have a tendency to put everyone else first, but it’s so important to take time to look after yourself as well. I’m not saying you need to be selfish and put yourself first all the time, just take 5-10 minutes out of your day to check-in with yourself, listen to your body, what is it telling you?

Over the course of the next 26 weeks I am going to walk you through a number of small steps you can take and easily fit into your busy schedule that will help you take better care of yourself so that you can keep all those balls you’re juggling in the air.

Each time a new post is completed I will also add it to this post for ease of reference but if you want to make sure you don’t miss any of the steps you can enter your details at the bottom of this post and receive it in your inbox every week.

Ask for Help

No-one can do it all alone, take some of the pressure off and ask for help wherever you need it. See The Importance of Asking for Help and 16 Quotes about Asking for Help which includes a FREE printable of all quotes.

Breathe

How often do you really take the time to breathe? Our lifestyles have us all rushing around and breathing has become shallow, leaving us stressed and anxious. Find out how taking a moment to breathe can affect your whole body and how to easily incorporate it into your daily life in Take a Moment to Breathe and 21 Quotes About The Power of Breathing Deeply which again includes FREE printables of all quotes.

Create

Making time for creative activities has so many benefits and is great for helping with self-care. No matter what ‘talents’ you have, or time constraints, there will be something creative you can do. Read Get Creative for some ideas to get you started and 23 Awesome Creativity Quotes for some inspiration.

Declutter

We all have so many things we are trying to juggle and keep track of our minds are becoming seriously overloaded, and that’s when we start to forget things. Read Declutter Your Mind for some great ways to help you clear that mental clutter and get back on top form and 19 Quotes to Help Declutter Your Mind for some extra inspiration.

Exercise

We all know that exercise is good for us and we ‘should’ be doing it but fitting it in around the kids can be hard (and boring). Read Exercise Without Exercising to find out how you can get the blood pumping on a daily basis while also spending more time with the kids having fun.

Forgive

Holding on to resentment and anger hurts no-one but ourselves and we need to learn to forgive others and ourselves. Read The Art of Forgiveness to find out the effect resentment has on us and how we can start the process of forgiving and moving forward. I also have 23 Quotes About Forgiveness to get you on the right path.

Gratitude

No matter how hard life gets, we always have something to be grateful for. Focusing on these moments rather than the negative ones can completely alter your perspective. Read The Power of Gratitude to find out more and print out the Gratitude Diary page to give it a go yourself. You can also read these great 21 Gratitude Quotes for inspiration.

Happiness

When you’re spending your days running round after other people and seeing to their happiness, it’s important to remember that your happiness counts too. We should all try to set aside some time each day to do something for no other reason than because it makes us happy. Read Make More Time For The Things That Make You Happy for more information.

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22 thoughts on “A-Z of Self-Care for Busy Parents

  1. I think this sounds like one I need to come back to each week! #FamilyFun

    Posted on 5 February, 2018 at 10:47 am
  2. Oh I can not wait to read this series! My kids are older now and I have been thinking that I need to start taking the time and making the effort to take care of me! #familyFunLinky
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    Posted on 5 February, 2018 at 12:32 pm
  3. It’s a fab idea Alana, ive joined a bit of a self compassionate sewing crew recently developed to tell off the people who call it selfish sewing… it’s not selfish to give yourself some time to do something for yourself is it!! Ff
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    Posted on 5 February, 2018 at 1:39 pm
  4. This sounds fantastic! I try to have at least one night a week when I do something for me, even if it’s just a quick bath or a gin and tonic! #familyfunlinky

    Posted on 5 February, 2018 at 3:54 pm
  5. Great idea! Self-care is something I am only just realising needs to be a priority! #familyfun
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    Posted on 5 February, 2018 at 4:47 pm
  6. It is important to take our selves and make sure that things that are ours. I think it is som important for our own sanity X #familyfunlinky

    Posted on 5 February, 2018 at 5:47 pm
  7. I know self care is the buzz word at the moment but you are so right that we do need to think of looking after our mental and physical health. As parents, we are often last on the list and that’s not ok. I know that I am very guilty of this and so have begun Pilates again after quite a break. How lovely it is to give an hour of my time to my health. This will be a great series! #familyfun

    Posted on 5 February, 2018 at 6:40 pm
  8. Sounds great. It’s something I want to make more of an effort to do now that mine are getting a little bit older.

    Posted on 5 February, 2018 at 8:17 pm
    1. oops #familyfun
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      Posted on 5 February, 2018 at 8:18 pm
  9. What a great idea, looking forward reading these series! #familyfunlinky

    Posted on 5 February, 2018 at 9:11 pm
  10. This is a fabulous idea for a blog series, self care is so essential for mothers especially because we tend to forget to take care of ourselves

    Posted on 5 February, 2018 at 10:37 pm
  11. I think too many parents are afraid to ask for help as they don’t want to be seen as not coping. I wish I had asked for help when my kids were younger. But, now that they are older, I am taking time to do more things for myself, it is very refreshing.
    #FamilyFun
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    Posted on 6 February, 2018 at 10:07 pm
  12. I’m looking forward to reading these posts! i’m getting better at self-care, but it’s still definitely a work in progress!
    ~Jess
    #FamilyFun
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    Posted on 6 February, 2018 at 11:06 pm
  13. This is a really nice idea. I always struggle with the self-care thing… I’m aware, but still find it hard to find enough time in life for all the things I want to fit in. And I don’t even do that much, compared to some! I guess I’m just too slow lol 😏x
    #FamilyFunLinky
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    Posted on 7 February, 2018 at 1:04 am
  14. Great idea! I’ve been unwell for the past week and a half and it’s been difficult juggling little one and I’ve still been trying to work from home too, so this sounds like it’ll provide some much needed tips #familyfun
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    Posted on 7 February, 2018 at 8:13 am
  15. I’m such an advocate for self care, especially so for parents – I look forward to keeping up with this new series. Great start!
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    Posted on 7 February, 2018 at 2:39 pm
  16. I need to bookmark this and keep it handy. I tend to keep myself going until I can’t go anymore. I’ve been hit by flu and a constant cold since the autumn began and over Christmas took some time for R&R. It did me the world of good!
    #familyfun

    Posted on 7 February, 2018 at 7:38 pm
  17. Self-care is so important! When I started out as a new mom I always and instinctively put myself last. But I eventually realized that it was draining me and I wasn’t happy. And when mom isn’t happy, no one is. I also make it priority for my own personal mental health but since applying self-care to my day to day it has made me a much better parent and that is the most important thing to me. I look forward to your series:) #FamilyFunLinky
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    Posted on 8 February, 2018 at 9:35 pm
  18. Asking for help is a sign of courage if you ask me! I am so glad to see that is how you started this A to Z challenge! This one, I can do, and do DO! #familyfun xoxo
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    Posted on 8 February, 2018 at 11:51 pm
  19. I love a good example like the one you have given for self preservation. #FamilyFunLinky
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    Posted on 10 February, 2018 at 1:32 pm
  20. Looking forward to this. I’m a big believer of the ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’ thing ,but I probably don’t follow it as much as I should!! #familyfunlinky

    Posted on 11 February, 2018 at 10:55 pm
  21. Reading this with our older two at their grandparents for a few days over half term – it’s definitely good for us all to have a break! #familyfunlinky
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    Posted on 12 February, 2018 at 8:43 pm