Taking Care of Ourselves IS Taking Care of Our Children

A reminder from AllHealth Network to fill your own cup

February 21, 2024

In a fast-paced world, it can be hard to find time to reflect on our mental health and implement different strategies that could improve our overall wellness. Often, we find ourselves approaching self-care as a luxury rather than a necessity. 

The truth is that taking care of ourselves can affect those around us and be important for their health and growth as well.

Children are like sponges — constantly soaking up everything around them. When we forgo our mental health and wellness, the children around us learn that prioritizing wellness is not essential. We do ourselves and others a disservice by not being the best versions of ourselves that we can be.

We can fill our own cups by practicing exercises or techniques that strengthen our resilience and reduce the side effects of stress. Otherwise, we are left with our cups empty, with nothing to give to others.

How can you fill your cup?

Our world is what we make of it. Budgeting or creating time to practice self-care can be challenging to start. However, just like any other habit, it will get easier with time if we keep it a priority.

Starting slowly and simply can be a great way to begin that transition. Try to find 3-5 minutes in your day to practice self-care. You can try a breathing exercise, listening to music, or stepping outside for some fresh air. If you find yourself with 5-10 minutes, try doing something creative or giving a loved one a quick phone call.

Whatever you choose, be sure it adds to your wellness and makes you feel better. Over time, you may see those few minutes every day begin to improve your overall day-to-day.

How does this affect my children?

Children look to the trusted adults in their lives for answers every day. Sometimes, they focus on the words we say; sometimes, they focus on our actions. When our children watch us make time for ourselves throughout the day, they are being encouraged to do something similar. 

You may also notice that the adversities of your day are easier to manage when you prioritize your wellness. Approaching tasks with more patience and gratitude can help your child practice those same skills themselves.

What about those days when a five-minute exercise just doesn't cut it?

It's true that on some days, it may be easier to practice and prioritize self-care than others. There may be days when you feel you do not have the energy or motivation to practice. This is why we encourage people to start practicing as soon as possible, especially on good days.

Creating a habit on the days you have energy will make it much easier to practice on the days when you just can't find the motivation. It can feel like before you go to the gym — you know you will feel better afterward, but getting there is sometimes the hardest part.

While self-care can be a vital part of our wellness, it may not always be enough. If you or your child are struggling, reach out to your local community mental health professional or agency.

AllHealth Network offers a wide range of services for you and your family, including services for ages 0-8. You can explore the many services AllHealth Network provides to young children and their families here.

If you want to learn more about the available services for you or your child, contact AllHealth Network's information line at (303) 730-8858 or visit our website at

If you want to submit an e-referral online for a friend or loved one, you can do so at You only need to provide basic information about the person you want to refer for services. The person should receive a call from an Access to Care Specialist within one business day. 

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