Parenthood And Permission To Be Sick

depressionWhen a person doesn’t have a child, he or she doesn’t even realize how lucky they are that when they are sick, they can just surrender and go down.

When you are a parent, your child’s needs are the top priority. If you don’t feel well, you still have to care for that child. Unless of course, you have an excellent support system with a partner that co-parents well and an outer circle that covers you when your partner can’t.

Not everyone has this situation though. As a matter of fact, the majority of people don’t.

Many, many parents have to pick up children, shop for food, prepare lunches, put children to bed and countless other tasks even though they might have a pounding head, a cold sweat and running a temperature.

It is what we do as parents but it doesn’t mean it is easy. So what do we do about it?

Pro-act this year instead of reacting. Develop support systems so that they are in place when things start to fall apart.

Make sure that you are prepared because it is inevitable that at some point, you will need support.

Getting young children used to caregivers in advance so that if the situation warrants it, it isn’t a first time shock experience is important.

Get good rest and stay hydrated. Just these two things alone can make a huge difference. Evaluate your diet. There really is a link between what you eat and how you feel.

Wash your hands just a couple of times a day. You do’t have to be crazy about it but mid morning, after lunch, mid afternoon and it makes a difference.

Think about these things in advance. It is self care for you and you deserve it. Hopefully, you will stay healthier for a longer period of time. If you do get sick, you will be able to let go of caring for others when it is time to care for you.

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