Self-Care for Parents & Caregivers: Tip 4

In fact, self-care strategies are more effective when they tend to basic needs and focus on keeping parents and caregivers centered and prepared to handle daily life.    This means doing more of what you need, rather than what may be more fun, such as getting your nails done or spending the day at the spa. 

Tending to the basics consistently, such as staying hydrated, eating well, and moving your body, while not as glamorous, can provide more consistently positive benefits than an activity done every now and then.  

While self-care can include splurging on a recreational activity or experience, it is mostly about finding opportunities to tend to your needs in small, consistent moments throughout the day.