“If you want to support others, you have to stay upright yourself.” – Peter Hoeg
Parents are one of the busiest people you can find. Parenting is demanding and on most occasions parents find that they barely have any time left for themselves due to increasing responsibilities associated with raising their little ones.
Previously, we have discussed parental burnout and how parents can make time for self-care. In this article, we will cover tips that can help parents support themselves by bringing in more joy in their lives.
A book by Erin Leyba, Joy Fixes for Weary Parents: 101 Quick, Research-Based Ideas for Overcoming Stress and Building a Life You Love, lists tips that can help parents support themselves better by inviting more joy in their lives. Erin Leyba, PhD, specialises in helping parents with young children. She is an individual and marriage counsellor.
Here are some of the tips mentioned in her book:
Any or all of these things will help you support yourself, just like you support your family. Being grateful, being consistent, rewarding yourself for all the effort you put in parenting your children is the key to being joyful parents who know how to support themselves. It will also help you level up your self-care game and prevent you from falling prey to parental burnout.
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Leyba, E. (2017). Joy Fixes for Weary Parents: 101 Quick, Research-Based Ideas for Overcoming Stress and Building a Life You Love. United States: New World Library.
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