That's why I've put together this list of tips for tired parents:
As a parent, taking care of your own mental health is incredibly important. Here are some self-care tips for you to help improve your mental health and well-being:
Take time for yourself: It's important to carve out time for yourself, even if it's just a few minutes a day. This can be used for activities that you enjoy, such as reading, exercising, or practicing mindfulness.
Connect with others: Surround yourself with supportive people with who you can talk about your feelings and experiences. This can help you feel less alone and provide a sense of community.
Get plenty of sleep: Lack of sleep can exacerbate mental health issues, so make sure you're getting enough rest. This can mean setting a consistent bedtime routine, creating a relaxing sleep environment, and avoiding caffeine and screens before bedtime.
Eat a healthy diet: Eating a well-balanced diet can have a positive impact on your mental health. This means incorporating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into your meals, and limiting processed and sugary foods.
Exercise regularly: Regular physical activity can improve your mood and reduce stress. Try to incorporate at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise into your daily routine.
Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness involves being present in the moment and focusing on your thoughts and feelings without judgment. This can help you manage stress and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.
Seek professional help: If you're struggling with your mental health, don't be afraid to seek help from a mental health professional. They can provide support and guidance to help you manage your symptoms and improve your well-being.
You don't have to do everything for your children (once they reach a certain age!), and they don't need everything done for them every single day either. Set some boundaries and make sure they're clear on what they can expect from you as a parent (like help with homework), and what they won't get (like putting dirty laundry in the basket!), so that everyone knows what's expected of each other. This will also help prevent any resentment building up between siblings over who gets more attention from Mum or Dad!