Parenting can become even more overwhelming for those who are germaphobes, perfectionists, or overachievers. The drive to clean incessantly or pursue perfection can be seen as unusual by some, but it’s important to recognize that being a perfectionist or overachiever while parenting is quite common. These qualities are inherent for some and learned for others. However, what truly matters is prioritizing your mental health and well-being.

The next time you have the urge to overexert yourself, take a moment to pause and consider your well-being. Remember that it’s okay to have high standards, but finding a balance between striving for perfection and taking care of your mental health is crucial, especially when parenting. Taking breaks, seeking support, and practicing self-care can help you navigate the challenges more effectively.

Finding  a balance between high standards and self-care is a common challenge for many parents. Here are some tips to consider:

1. Set Realistic Expectations: understand that no one is perfect, and mistakes are a part of parenting. Avoid setting unrealistic standards, which can lead to unnecessary stress.

2. Prioritize Tasks: Identify the most important tasks and focus your perfectionism on those, while allowing flexibility for less critical areas.

3. Delegate and Share Responsibilities: don’t shy way from asking for help from your partner, family, or friends. Sharing responsibilities can ease the burden and allow you to take breaks.

4. Time Management: plan your tasks and allocate specific time slots for both parenting duties and self-care activities.

5. Practice Self-Compassion: treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding you’d offer to a friend. Acknowledge that it’s okay not to be perfect all the time.

6. Embrace Imperfection: tell your children that it’s okay to make mistakes and learn from them. Lead by example and show that striving for improvement is valuable.

7. Mindfulness and Relaxation: incorporate mindfulness techniques, such as deep breathing or meditation, to help manage stress and anxiety

8. Scheduled Breaks: set aside regular breaks during the day to recharge. Even short moments of relaxation can make a significant difference.

9. Healthy Boundaries: it is perfectly okay to say ‘no’ when you’re overwhelmed and need time for self-care. Boundaries are key for maintaining balance.

10. Seek Support: join parenting groups, forums, or connect with other parents who might be facing similar challenges. Sharing experiences and advice can be incredibly helpful.

Finding the right balance between striving for excellence and taking care of yourself is an ongoing journey, so be sure to adapt these tips to your unique situation and personality… written by Clara Og, a consultant, coach, sponsor, writer and soon to become author that is passionate about ‘all things’ wholesome food, fashion, and family

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