In case of emergency, oxygen masks will drop down in front of you. . . If you are traveling with a child, please attend to yourself first, then the child.
This, or something similar, is said on most flights. Sometimes people wonder why we would want to put the mask on before the child. It is because if we can't help anyone if we pass out. The same idea goes for taking care of ourselves in our lives. If we are stressed out, how helpful are we to our kids? Self care is so important!
Self care means taking time to take care of yourself. This includes date nights for parents, nights out with friends, and alone time. It means eating right, exercising, and having time to relax. It can also mean eating some chocolate, dancing, and taking a walk.
It can be very challenging in are all too often busy lives, but it is so important!
We need to do these things before we become too stressed out and when we are feeling overwhelmed.
When we take care of ourselves, we are also being good role models. It is important for our children to see that when they are stressed, they need to make sure to take care of themselves.
Stefanie F. Pisarkiewicz, LPC
Experience and information from a counselor and mother- sharing her two cents on children and teens.