Let’s face it, more people than we even realise will feel anxious or some form of anxiety in their lives. It could be very temporary such as when you are going for a job interview or making some dramatic change in your life. Or it could be something that you struggle with for longer periods of time. It can be quite limiting when it comes to your life and daily tasks, which is why it is so much better to tackle the anxiety head-on and make some changes rather than let it fester and control you.
As a parent, we often don’t realise that how we feel or our actions can have an impact on the family and specifically our children. While we don’t do this intentionally, the moment we realise that we can affect our children, we need to start working on ourselves to improve the situation. Looking after yourself can have a positive impact on the family. You feel happier and more content, which often means your behaviour and reactions will be more positive. With that in mind, here are some of the things that you could do.
Looking After Yourself: 5 Ways It Can Positively Impact The Family
Change your mindset
One of the first things you should consider doing is working on your mindset. This is easier said than done but can work wonders just by changing a few habits that you have in place. It could be that your thoughts are negative and that you always see the bad side of things rather than the good. This can be easy when you are a parent. Mum guilt can have you thinking over and over again that you are doing things wrong, and can give you a skewed view of the current situation. However, forcing yourself to be positive about things and life events can help you to change the habit and think differently.
You might also want to think about how grateful you feel for the things that go well in your life. There will always be things worth celebrating but when you have an anxious mindset they can often be overlooked. Take some time to feel grateful at the end of the day. It might be that you had time to enjoy some self-care, you got out or enjoyed an activity with your child or you simply managed to get through the day. Celebrate the small wins, no matter how insignificant you think they are. Developing this habit will help you to change your mindset.
Try out methods other than medication
Heading to the doctors will always be an advisable step to take if you are struggling and seeing professional help is important. But often they may want to try medication as a route to solving your issues when it comes to mood and mental health. Not everyone wants to do that as a first option, and so it is always going to be worth trying alternative methods.
First up, supplements and calming oils can help you when you feel like things are getting too much. You might also want to think about options like counselling and therapy sessions. People also swear by reiki when it comes to feeling anxious or stressed. It is always good to know there are things you can try. This is a positive step to looking after yourself. If you feel happier, calmer, and able to function, the more positive effect you will have on your family. These are all things that can be seen as self-care.
Change your diet
Your diet can play a big part in how you feel, so if you can try and avoid things like caffeine and alcohol, and nourish your body will all of the fruit and vegetables. It is easier to feel good if you are actively doing something about it, and your diet is a great place to start with it. You have control over what you eat and the choices you make when it comes to your diet. This is also a great way to help benefit your family in a positive way such as improving energy levels and mood.
Also drinking more water has been known to help improve your mood and sleep quality. Which could also help you when you are feeling like you are struggling. At this time it can be easy to turn to a coffee or alcoholic drink, but water can be more beneficial to you.
Meditation is a great way to take good care of yourself. It enables you to focus on your mind and thoughts. Often we can feel overwhelmed as parents, and our thoughts can get a little out of control. Meditation will enable you to slow down and realign your thoughts and focus on cleaning your mind. Having a clearer head means you can make less stressed decisions and be more in tune with what is going on at that moment rather than being distracted by your surroundings. It is a great way to help you move forward. If you have never meditated before there are some great guided meditations that you can try.
Finally, one of the proven methods of getting rid of anxiety is through exercise. This doesn’t mean that you need to be in the gym every day. Simple things like walking your dog and being out in the fresh air can work wonders to your anxiety levels and could do you the world of good.
Exercise is a great form of self-care, and a fantastic way to start feeling good about yourself. It could be a walk each day, where you take some time to listen to music or a podcast. It might be that you start something for you such as running or joining a gym. Regular exercise will have you feeling happier, and in turn, will help you to have a positive impact on your family.
Let’s hope these methods help you look after yourself, which will help you have a positive impact on your family.