Parent and family self-care for Mental Health Awareness Month

Self-Care for Parents: Be Your Best Self!



Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? We want to talk about the importance of self-care for parents! As a parent, it’s easy to prioritize your family’s well-being over your own. But it’s important to look out for yourself because it makes taking care of your family easier, too! Discover ways to boost your mood with these mental health tips for parents.

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Parent Self-Care Activities:

Alone time as a parent is special, yet hard to come by. These quick and simple self-care tips are a great way to work in some alone time:

Take a Breather

When you’re feeling buried in parent duties, take a few moments to practice a breathing exercise, like Square Breathing. It is a great way to clear your mind and unwind. Simply follow the graphic and repeat as many times as needed!

Square Breathing instructions
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Get Moving!

If you have a few moments to spare, quick physical activity can boost your mood and energy. Walking around the block, stretching, dancing, or following a short workout video are all fantastic ways to get your body moving

Call a Friend

It’s easy to get caught up in your family bubble. Talking to someone other than your little ones can make you feel less alone, which boosts your mood!

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Family Self-Care Activities:

As a parent, it’s not always possible to carve out some extra time for yourself. Don’t let that get in the way of your mental health! We’ve got some great mood-boosting activities for the whole family.

Get Creative!

Letting your creativity shine encourages mindfulness and relieves stress. Print out a coloring sheet for you and your family to relax and take a break.

Get Silly Together

Laughter is the best medicine! Get a giggle out by taking silly pictures, telling jokes, or watching funny videos together. Laughter isn’t just contagious—it’s also a natural mood-booster, releasing feel-good endorphins that uplift your spirits and reduce stress.


Affirmations can strengthen your self-worth and decrease negative thoughts. Get together with your family and practice saying nice things about yourselves out loud to spread love and positivity!

Some Affirmations to Try Out:

  • I am beautiful on the inside and outside.
  • I am strong.
  • I am grateful for _____.
  • I deserve happiness.
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Treat Yourself!

Check out your local Pigtails & Crewcuts to see if they offer parent services! At Pigtails & Crewcuts, we’ll take care of you and the little ones so that you can look and feel your best. After all, you deserve some pampering, too!

Destressing not only helps you feel awesome but also makes your family’s day better. By making time for yourself, you’re benefitting your mental health and setting a positive example for your loved ones. Let’s make self-care a must-do for a happier, healthier crew!