Practicing parental resilience is an important building block in raising happy and healthy children. But, learning a healthy balance of taking care of yourself and the growth of your child can be difficult. This article will outline exactly what parental resilience is, and how to practice better self-care and personal goals.
What is Parental Resilience?
Resilience is: managing stress, and functioning well even when faced with challenges, difficulties, and/or trauma. Parents who have the ability to work through the stresses of everyday life, including the occasional emergency or crisis, are less likely to negatively react in stressful situations.
Now, resilience is more than just coping with everyday stressors. It includes self-care, maintaining a daily routine, and taking breaks.
Here are some tips on how you can take care of you:
- Start a self-care journal: write about your day, what you can do to take care of you, and what you enjoyed about that day.
- Exercise: go on a walk, or to the gym.
- Meditate, take time to breathe.
- Start a new hobby, learn something new
- Learn about resources you can turn to, it’s okay to ask for help.
- A great resource is The Exchange Family Center!
Practicing resilience in parenting can build better connections and can teach children how to practice it themselves. It’s always great to be in the habit of self-care and checking in with your mental health. Most importantly, there’s a trickle-down effect with this trait. If you maintain a healthy mindset, then your children will be more resilient too.