In the module on Physical Health and Wellness, we talk about important benefits of taking care of your physical health. As a parent, you can be guaranteed a certain amount of stress. As a parent with a psychiatric disability, you experience even greater stress sometimes. This is because you must deal with managing your psychiatric disability while you are parenting. It is imperative that you take care of yourself both physically and emotionally so you can reduce the amount of stress in your life and ultimately be a better parent. While it may sometimes be a challenge to focus on physical health when dealing with a psychiatric disability, it is very important to do so. Taking care of your physical health can actually make your psychiatric disability easier to manage by preventing the stress of physical problems, which can contribute to episodes of your psychiatric disability. In addition, reducing stress and feeling physically well will make for a much more enjoyable parenting experience. We will discuss how good nutrition, exercise and healthy sleep habits will positively affect your physical wellness and lower your stress. Other aspects of maintaining your physical health, such as making regular doctor visits and handling medication issues, will also be discussed.
Stress Reduction: Physical Health and Wellness