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Caring for yourself helps you be a better parent during divorce

On Behalf of | Feb 7, 2023 | Divorce |

As a family, experiencing a divorce is tough on everyone – especially when you have young children. As a parent, your efforts will be concentrated on making sure they’re protected, and their needs are met.

The problem with this is that it can often lead to neglecting your own needs. While it may feel almost impossible, making time for yourself is so important. It can actually help you to be a better parent when you put yourself first sometimes. Here are some tips on how to do it.

1. Go easy on yourself

You deserve to be happy. Getting a divorce doesn’t mean that you’re a bad parent or that you’ve somehow failed yourself or your children. It might even be the best decision you can make for yourself and your family. Recognize that there will be tough times but that you should go easy on yourself as you navigate a really difficult situation.

2. Take some time out

Figuring out co-parenting and custody arrangements can leave you feeling busier than ever. Your children may also be looking to you for some extra emotional support. In order to give them what they need, sometimes you need to put yourself first and take a little breathing space. Set aside a small amount of time every day to do something that’s just for you. It doesn’t need to be expensive – there are lots of free self-care options to take advantage of. 

3. Reach out for some help

Don’t be afraid to reach out for help if you’re struggling. It can be a great outlet to have someone outside of the family, such as a friend or even a therapist, to talk to when you need a release. This can help you avoid saying negative or harmful things to your children about your ex-partner and gives you the opportunity to talk to someone non-judgmental.

Looking after yourself is so important during a divorce, yet it’s often completely overlooked. Being in a good physical and mental state is what’s going to help you be the best parent you can be while you go through the legal and emotional process of divorce.