Always be yourself and don’t change for anyone. If people don’t accept you the way you are, they’re not worth your time. Stay happy, be kind and make memories.
Having a new activity has given myself and my daughter time apart which has helped her become a little more independent and given me time to be myself and focus on a non-parent time. It’s really helped me recharge.
Lots of parents tell us that they feel anxious and stressed, and that it’s hard to cope. There are some ideas below for you to try out. They are easy to do. They are free. And they don’t take a lot of time.
It can be hard to put yourself first, or even think of yourself at all. But it’s good to care for yourself. It makes the job of caring for your children that bit easier.
Our minds can be pretty overloaded at times. If you ever feel like this, there are some ideas below about how to settle your mind and get some breathing space. If you can take a couple of minutes here and there, whenever you can, you’ll notice a big difference.
Mental health charity Mind has loads of tips on how you can manage your everyday life and look after yourself. From getting into nature, or doing a few breathing and relaxation exercises, there’s something for everyone in Mind’s Tips for everyday living. The Mental Health Foundation is also a great source of podcasts and videos on how to reduce stress and feel more relaxed. COPE Scotland has video clips and other tips to help with wellbeing, including being kind to yourself.