“It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.”
– Mandy Hale

Many parents tend to prioritize the needs of their children above their own, usually to their own detriment. As a result, their health declines and their marriages suffer. Parents need to learn to take care of themselves and ensure their emotional needs are being met so that they can in turn meet the emotional needs of their families. When parents are stressed and overwhelmed, usually overworked and under appreciated, they tend to be more short tempered, irritable, and negative. This can result in negative emotional consequences for the children as well as the spouse.

Self care should be a priority in every household where a positive healthy atmosphere is desired. Self care is not selfish. Self care should be encouraged for all family members. In this presentation I recently did for the 11th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference, in Phoenix, I discuss the importance of self care and its impact on the mental and emotional well being of children.

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