Even though having a child provides plenty of wonderful opportunities and emotional transformation, it has challenges that come along with it.  While once upon a time you only had yourself to worry about, you now have to look after another person, often putting your own needs second. ac

Although your instinct may be to put yourself on the back burner, over time, it will start to negatively affect your ability to parent.  Self-care is crucial as a parent.  Without it, you’ll have a burnout from all that’s expected of you.  Here are some of the most important thing that you should always make sure that you do for yourself so that you can be the best parent you can be.

Get Enough Sleep!
New parents especially are often guilty of trying to get as much work done as possible while their kids sleep.   Unfortunately, this isn’t always the best course of action.

You should try to find a healthy balance of getting work done yet also using this time to catch up on sleep.  Not tired when it’s time to turn the lights off?  Try to establish a bedtime routine same as you do for your kids. Read a book.  Apply your skincare.  Do whatever it takes to trigger your brain into knowing it’s bedtime.  You’ll eventually get into the rhythm and fall asleep at a reasonable hour.

Get Moving!
Whether you hit up the gym or run five miles outside, the need to exercise goes beyond just how you look in your jeans.  Engaging in an exercise routine increases your self-esteem and encourages you to get up in the morning.

When you work out and feel your blood pumping, you’re giving yourself self-love.  If you don’t have the time or budget to make it outside of the house for a workout, then get creative!  Put on a DVD or dance in your living room. 

Eat Well
Grabbing whatever scraps your child leaves behind is common for many parents.  They put so much emphasis on feeding their children well, yet skimp on giving their own bodies the same nutrition.

Good food fuels your brain, body, and energy levels.  Not only will you be more energized, but your children will imitate your food habits. Children are little sponges so teach them well!

Don’t Forget Your Love Life!
Whether you’re single or in a happy relationship, you need to take time for your love life.  Schedule in some time with your sweetie to have a romantic date or activity together.

Still on the market?  Go out with friends on a singles night or head out on a date!  You have intimate urges which shouldn’t have to be depressed just because you’re a parent.

Don’t Put Off Your Health
If you have a toothache or are feeling under the weather, don’t ignore your symptoms.  Why would you take your own children to the doctor yet let yourself suffer in pain? 

Getting checked out is important.  Your children want you around for a long time to come, so make sure that you’re taking care of yourself!