Things are going to completely change the moment you become a parent.
Whether you’re a new parent or someone who’s already been running around with a couple of toddlers for years, you’ll realize that you’ll have less time for yourself. A parent will naturally put their children’s well-being first, but that doesn’t mean that you’ll have to neglect yourself.
Being able to take care of yourself is one way to give your child the best care you can provide. A physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy parent can better provide the best care for their children.
Aside from that, you also deserve to relax and take a break after hours or days of focusing on your child's needs. Don't end your day passing out on your bed only to rush back the moment you get up in the morning. Reward yourself for taking care of your kids all day. This can be difficult to do even for stay-at-home parents. Whether you are working part-time or on a full-time job while taking care of growing kids, you have to take some time to practice self-care for yourself. You don’t need to take a week or month-long vacation away from your kids to practice self-care. Here are easy self-care ideas for busy child-rearing parents.
Meditation is a great way to calm your head and exercise at the same time. A quick 10-minute meditation at the beginning of your day can help clear your mind and prepare you for a busy day ahead. Try a simple and easy guided meditation you can find online. Take some time before your busy morning to practice some breathing exercises, meditate, and reflect before you go ahead with your day.
Take a Walk
Walking has a lot of benefits. Just like meditation, a 10-minute walk will do wonders for your mind and body. This is a great activity that you can do with your child. A quick walk outside will help you relax and calm down. Taking care of kids might keep you cooped up inside the house for the whole day. Walking outside and getting some fresh air is a calming activity that doesn’t need a lot of time. Keeping your body moving is one way to stimulate your mind. A brisk walk is a great exercise that will also help boost your energy for the rest of the day.
Don’t skip exercise time
Walking is one way to get you moving, and it's a fun activity with your child. Busy parents can't always find the time or energy to exercise, but putting an extra effort into exercising is vital to a parents' overall well-being. You will realize that exercise will make you and your family healthier and happier. Here are some tips you can incorporate with your busy schedule;
- Combine chores and exercise. Music is one way for you to get moving and enjoy your chores, put on your favorite playlist, dance away while vacuuming the floor! Do some squats when picking up toys. You can teach your little one to do the same thing; this will hit two birds with one stone- teaching your kid to clean up and exercise simultaneously.
- Join in during playtime. There are a lot of activities that you and your little one can enjoy together. Even playing hide-and-seek will get you moving and for sure will fill the room with laughter.
- Exercise as a family. There are numerous ways to get healthy as a family. For example, walking in the park after work or on the weekends, enjoying the mountain's fresh air with hiking, enrolling in a sports lesson together. In addition to the health benefits, family members will also enjoy quality time together.
Of course, it will be wonderful if you can have more time as simple as going to the gym, jog around the neighborhood or even go out to take a walk with a friend. But when that’s not possible at the moment, don’t give up and just dream of doing it, be creative and find time to include any activity that gets you moving in your hectic daily schedule.
Make Time for “Me Time”
When you have the chance, go out for a cup of coffee or have lunch outside on your own. A moment of solitude can help you unwind. You can also set a specific day of the week to focus solely on your interests and hobbies. You can allocate a couple of hours working on a personal project. It can also be as simple as going out for a quick drive or going on a solo trip to the mall. If this is too much, a few minutes of alone time in the bathroom can help you recharge before going back to your day and taking care of your kids. Take a nap or just take a moment to breathe. Give yourself a quick break. Doing so will keep you from crashing and burning out.
Develop Healthy Eating Habits
Aside from keeping your body in top shape through exercise, be sure to eat and drink healthy and nutritious meals. Taking care of kids will take up a huge amount of your time, making it easy for parents to skip meals. Putting your children first can make you develop unhealthy eating habits like skipping meals or snacking on unhealthy foods. Start a healthy eating habit by having your meals on time, drinking enough water, and incorporating healthy foods into your diet. Plan your meals ahead of time, so you don’t have to resort to easy-to-cook or instant types of food, which are usually unhealthy. Having a healthy eating habit is one way to also help your kids develop healthy eating behavior.
Making Simple Things Fun and Special
As a parent, it's easy to get lost in your day-to-day routines. From preparing meals to getting your kids ready for school, cleaning up after playtime, and tucking them to bed. Before you know it, it's been years of the same routine, and you already missed a lot of moments to take some time for yourself.
Be in the moment and find joy in what you do. Playtime? Get off your phone and be with your children. Cleaning the house? Go and listen to some music. Join your kids during meals. Take a nap with them. Making simple things special shouldn’t feel too difficult as long as you do it with love and care.
Finding Time for Yourself
Don’t develop a habit of rushing from one task to another. Instead, whether you find a minute or an hour to yourself, claim it so that you can focus and take care of yourself.
Self-care is one way to manage your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Parenting is stressful, but being able to manage your stress can make difficult situations more bearable. In addition, it will allow you to learn and understand how you can raise your kids better as they grow older.
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