As a parent, you know the importance of taking care of yourself in order to provide for your family. However, as we all know, it can be difficult to find time to do things that are good for us- especially when we're so busy. If you're looking for some self-care ideas that will work even with your kids around just keep reading!
Self-care isn't just spa days and naps (although both of those sound amazing right now.) True self-care means taking the time to attend to your health and well-being in ALL areas, not just your physical health and hygiene. For me, it has become increasingly difficult to find "me time" since becoming a mom of 2. Between diaper changes, breastfeeding, playing with my toddler, and doing the bare minimum around the house, it seems likes there's no time to do the things fulfill me! Nevertheless, it is important. We've heard it before: in order to take care of others, we must first take care of ourselves.
Setting aside time for self-care is important, even if it’s just one minute.
Some of these ideas may seem like they're more for relaxation, but even when we don't have time to do something that's a true break from the routine, just making sure you're getting enough sleep and drinking plenty of water can be considered self-care.
When you're ready, try incorporating some of these other strategies into your day to take your self-care up a notch. And eventually, our kids will be older, more self-sufficient, or at least in school and we will be able to devote more of our time to taking care of ourselves.
1. Listen to music you actually like. Take a break from listening to CocoMelon on repeat and play a song or two you want to hear. Whether is a slow jam to calm your nerves or your favorite club remix to get your energy up, turn it up and enjoy! Isn't time your kids heard some good music anyway? And, if need be, find the KidzBop version. It won't completely satisfy your nostalgic mood, but you might be able to avoid the stress of explaining what an apple bottom is.
2. Get dressed up (or down). Go in your closet and pick out an outfit that you feel good in. Maybe its a flattering dress you never bother to wear because you'll "just be around the house". Or maybe you get out of your usual jeans and t-shirt and put on a cute workout ensemble (work-out not required). They say "If you look good, you feel good". Well, I'm a believer that if you feel good, you feel good. For me, its a pair of high waisted leggings, a loose t-shirt, and cute patterned sneakers.
3. Eat outside. Change up your routine and serve a meal outdoors. You can throw together a picnic, or just grab your sandwich and eat it on the porch while your kids play in the yard. The fresh air and change of scenery can do wonders for your spiritual, emotional, and environmental wellness.
4. Stretch. No time for a full workout? Stretching has plenty of benefits for our bodies including stress reduction, reduced anxiety, and increased energy. Try it out solo or pop on a YouTube video and invite your kids to join in.