The Importance of Self-Care

What is self-care?

The Young Minds website suggests:

‘In its simplest form, self-care is just the little things we do to look after our own mental health. It’s about trying to listen to how we are feeling and understanding what we need, even if it’s difficult, so we can care for ourselves.

This could mean taking a timeout when we’re feeling overwhelmed; it could mean making time to do an activity that we know makes us feel good; or it could be as simple as making sure to do the basics like eating and sleeping well when we’re struggling.’

Self-care support for parents

Self- care is very important for parents and carers to enable us to be as resilient as possible to manage and alleviate the worries and anxiety of our children, and to provide re-assurance.


The NHS Every Mind Matters website

has some helpful and common- sense sections about looking after our Mental Health.

When life feels challenging, staying active really helps. There’s a lot we can’t control, but when we choose to take care of our bodies, we can boost our energy and cope better with life’s ups and downs.


Resources for Parents: Self-care and beyond

Looking after yourself Parent Pack

Self-care for Parents and Carers resource created with the Anna Freud Centre’s Parent Champions

An updated list of quality assured apps delivering self-help strategies

Mental Health Wellness Tips

Portal for Anna Freud resources  includes:

Supporting parents and carers through disruption – video from the Anna Freud Centre

Mental Wellbeing audio guides– from NHS Every Mind Matters

Coronavirus and your wellbeing – from Mind

e-learning: staying mentally well through Covid19 – from Pooky Knightsmith 

Indoor activities for kids – from Change4Life

Home workout videos – from NHS

Fitness studio exercise videos – from NHS

Chair based pilates exercise video – from NHS

10 minute workout video – from British Heart Foundation

Strength Exercise videos – From British Heart Foundation

Weekly staying active resources –  from Living Streets