Self-Care Strategies for Moms of Adult Children Having Challenges

If you are a mom of an adult child who is struggling and/or making bad decisions, it’s important to prioritize your well-being. Here is a list of self-care strategies that can be beneficial:

  1. Set Boundaries:
    • Establish clear boundaries with your adult children to protect your emotional and mental health.
  2. Practice Mindfulness and Meditation:
    • Engage in mindfulness practices or meditation to stay present and reduce stress.
  3. Engage in Physical Activity:
    • Regular exercise, whether it’s walking, yoga, or any form of movement, can help alleviate stress and improve mood.
  4. Seek Social Support:
    • Connect with friends, family, or other supportive individuals. Sharing experiences and feelings can be very therapeutic.
  5. Pursue Hobbies and Interests:
    • Dedicate time to activities you enjoy or explore new hobbies to create a sense of fulfillment and joy.
  6. Practice Self-Compassion:
    • Be kind to yourself and avoid self-blame. Understand that you’re doing your best in challenging circumstances.
  7. Attend Therapy or Counseling:
    • Consider speaking with a life coach or therapist to process emotions, gain insights, and develop coping strategies.
  8. Journaling:
    • Write down your thoughts and feelings regularly. This can provide emotional release and clarity.
  9. Healthy Eating and Sleep Habits:
    • Maintain a balanced diet and ensure you get adequate sleep to support overall health and well-being.
  10. Set Realistic Expectations:
    • Recognize and accept that you cannot control your adult children’s decisions. Focus on what you can control.
  11. Learn and Educate Yourself:
    • Read books or attend workshops about parenting adult children to gain new perspectives and strategies.
  12. Engage in Relaxation Techniques:
    • Practice deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, or listen to calming music.
  13. Create a Support Network:
    • Join or form a support group where you can share experiences and receive support from others in similar situations.
  14. Practice Gratitude:
    • Keep a gratitude journal to remind yourself of positive aspects of your life.
  15. Limit Negative Influences:
    • Reduce exposure to negative news or social media that can increase anxiety or stress.
  16. Engage in Spiritual Practices:
    • If you are spiritual or religious, participate in activities that nurture your spiritual side, such as prayer or attending services.
  17. Take Breaks:
    • Give yourself permission to take breaks from caregiving or worrying about your children to recharge and relax.
  18. Professional Development:
    • Invest time in personal or professional growth. This can boost self-esteem and provide a sense of accomplishment.
  19. Volunteer:
    • Helping others can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment, and it can also be a way to shift focus from personal worries.
  1. Pamper Yourself:
    • Treat yourself to activities that make you feel good, such as a spa day, a new book, a favorite meal, or just taking a walk.

You should try different strategies and find what works best for you. It’s important to remember that taking care of yourself is not selfish but necessary for your overall well-being and ability to support your adult children effectively.

As a life and energy coach and hypnotherapist in Beaverton, Ore., I work with people online or in-person. I’m here to support and guide you on your journey with your adult children who are having struggles, or any challenges you may be going through. My specialties include stress management, building confidence and personal and professional development. Clients also learn to heal, restore and empower their energy heal blocks and let go of stuck energy.

Contact me today at or 503-939-2269 for a free consultation.

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