• K.C. Dreisbach, LMFT

Re-Envisioning Self-Care for the Tired Parent

Updated: Apr 8

I just love the concept of New Year's resolutions, because they give me that feeling of a fresh start. But the biggest mistake I see from people is that they make HUGE resolutions with a high rate of failure. Think about it, how successful have you been in the past with this?

All parents, whether it be moms or dads, really lack self-care. Our attention is mostly consumed by our children, leaving us frequently feeling burned out. Why not promise to care for YOU for a change???

Recently, I attended a conference on the topic of self-care. Self-care is an incredibly important part of being a mental health professional, so regular training on the topic is a must. While at this training, we all shared what we believed to be good self-care. I think the most valuable lesson I absorbed from this training was the following:

Self-care does not need to be some sweeping gesture of grand self-love. The best acts of self-care are the little moments of grace that you offer yourself through actions and your internal dialogue.