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5 Self-Care Reminders For Every Mum

Being a mum can be quite challenging. You feel pressure to be this perfect mum, making sure your children live happy and healthy lives. There is almost no room for self-care. Fixing mental health issues can be easier said than done, but there are five important self-care reminders to help you or a loved one confront these day-to-day challenges.

1. Your health comes first

With a hectic daily schedule and a demanding routine, self-care becomes something you push further and further down on your to-do list. “There’s no time!” is your go-to excuse. Allow yourself to acknowledge that you are unwell, prioritise your health and make sure you take the time to recharge as part of your routine.

2. You are not selfish

But what about my kids? To give your kids the best kind of care, you must take care of yourself first. It’s normal to feel guilty and shame and the need to self-sacrifice. However, confronting your emotions will benefit your life as you balance things like work, family commitments and the physical demand of your daily routine.

3. Be kind to yourself

The most important reminder for yourself is that you’re not alone and that you can reach out to those around you. From small things like asking to talk to a friend to taking steps to get professional counselling, never be afraid to ask or accept help from others and look out for the signs.

4. Manage self-expectations

Note to self – you are only human. You are allowed to make mistakes. You can start by practising forgiveness when something goes wrong, reducing the number of expectations you’ve set for yourself, and re-focusing all your energy into resolutions rather than feeling regret or despair.

5. You are not alone

The most important reminder for yourself is that you’re not alone and that you can reach out to those around you. From small things like asking to talk to a friend to taking steps to get professional counselling, never be afraid to ask or accept help from others and look out for the signs.

If you feel like you need help or if you don’t feel like you can tell your friends and family, there are many services available in Australia to support you:

Suicide Help Line – Australian Services

Lifeline 24-hour crisis support -13 11 14

Hold On To Life @ the Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation (24/7) – 1800 HOLDON (1800 465 366

Suicide Callback – 1300 659 467 (available 24/7)

Blue Knot Helpline

For adults survivors of trauma and abuse.

1300 657 380

National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service.

1800 737 732

SANE Australia

For information, guidance, and referrals to manage mental health concerns.

1800 187 263

 

Article source: The Sane Blog