As a parent, you spend a lot of time and energy ensuring the wellbeing of your child. From making sure they're well-fed with nourishing food to sending them to bed on time and telling them they're awesome little humans that you're very proud of. However tough it can be, and it can be tough, it's a major priority that your little ones are well looked after and happy.
What would happen if you applied that same love and care to yourself? Whether you're a parent or not, we're all guilty of letting the basics slide. We get takeaway and don't eat enough vegetables and drink more alcohol and less water than we should. We don't go to bed on time and we constantly beat ourselves up about our mistakes. Everyone has their own areas that they fall down on when it comes to self-care, (I am particularly bad at negative self-talk and not eating proper meals when I'm on my own), but the new year seems like as good a time as any to start sorting yourself out.
So, it's time to parent yourself. Set yourself a bedtime. Make yourself a snack. This is self-care at it's most basic - making sure that your needs are met so you can function in the world. It's not about bubble baths and 'treat yo'self' ASOS orders, but about brushing your teeth and drinking enough water and eating regular meals. You wouldn't let those things slide when it comes to your child, so don't let them slide when it comes to yourself. You'll probably rebel against yourself, it's only natural, but you'll thank yourself in the long run when you realise you have your own best interests at heart.
Part of parenting is also getting the best out of your child by being an unfailing cheerleader but also not letting them get away with any bullshit. Right? Imagine what a proud parent would say about that thing you're currently berating yourself for... Did you try your best? Then that's all we can ask.
Try it. Parent yourself a little bit, and I'm sure you'll feel better for it.