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Challenge: Digging Deep

Self-Care to Get Through the Dog Days of Parenthood

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When you're stressed out and worn down, you're not able to show up with and be the best parent that you can.

Rather than succumbing to stress and fatigue, you'll need to figure out how you can overcome this issue. There are some self-care tips that you can apply in order to get your life back in order, so you're also able to be the best parent that you can be.

To this end, read on and use these points so that you can care for yourself when you really need to dig deep.

Know When to Take Emergency Stress Relief Measures

If you are worn out from parenthood, the first step to overcoming it is pointing it out.

Parents tend to feel guilt or weakness when they reach this point, but this is the time to love yourself more, rather than less. Simply acknowledge the fact that you're human, recognize that you need some emergency stress relief therapy, and act accordingly.

Keep the info of a spa or wellness center handy so that you know exactly where to turn. This way, you can get professionals to pamper you and help you work out the kinks.

Something as simple as a sauna and massage can work wonders and make your cortisol levels diminish. Treat yourself when it's time to and you'll always have energy and presence.

Keep Up With Your Health and Grooming

If you like the way that you look and feel, this is half the battle when it comes to how you address the world.

Your self-image is everything, so it's important that you do what you can to start where you can. It's not a coincidence that when you're depressed, your grooming and appearance are the first things to go.

If you love getting your hair done, make an appointment with your salon. Consider trying a different look with your outfits.

Taking care of your physical health will go a long way as well. If you're stuck in a rut, the last thing you would want is to rack up dental and medical bills due to neglect. Stay on top of your checkups, keep up with your physical care and never let these things fall out of balance.

Always Audit What Makes You Tick

The mind controls so much of what we do and how we feel -- so make sure you get control of your mind.

By watching your thoughts, you'll notice mental patterns that keep you stuck in negative loops. Replacing bad thoughts with positive self-talk will allow you to improve your self-esteem and motivation.

Develop a morning routine and begin journaling whenever you can so that you're able to trust your instincts and do what's best for you each and every day.

Use these tips so that you can dig deep, recharge and move forward as a parent.

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