(Posted 2021 December)
Let’s talk self-care! During this hectic season, it can be really easy to get busy and forget the importance of making time for yourself. Trying to manage limited time and resources can make it harder for parents and caregivers to enjoy family time.
It might seem counterintuitive, but it is important to invest time in self-care so you can be fully present with your children and loved ones. This is true regardless of the time of year.
The Parenting Education Programs staff has some advice to help you evaluate how well you are caring for yourself. Pulled from The Nurturing Parenting Program curriculum, staff explains that there are six basic human needs called SPICES:
- Social – The need for friendship and companionship.
- Physical – The need for food, sleep, exercise, air, water.
- Intellectual – The need for stimulation of new ideas or thought.
- Creative – The need to express one’s inner self. Creative needs are expressed in areas like a person’s appearance, dress, dance, poetry, and cooking.
- Emotional – The need for love, praise, security, trust, and other basic emotions.
- Spiritual – The need for belonging and membership. The need to believe in the power of goodness. Membership in a family is a spiritual experience.
The best way to nurture yourself is by making sure all your needs are met. Each of these areas is key to your resilience, or ease at adapting to unexpected challenges. So, check out this questionnaire to determine how well you are doing at self-care.