As a busy parent, finding extra time in your day that is solely for you can be a challenge, if not all-out impossible. However, making self-care a priority is vital to you being healthy and happy – and is just as important for your family's well-being too.
Because of this, it is imperative that you find ways and opportunities in your schedule to participate in activities that boost your self-confidence and make you feel joyful. You’ll be able to better care for your loved ones when you’re feeling your best. There are plenty of excuses you can come up with as to why you can’t. Instead, focus on making small strides in the right direction and notice how much more energy – and ultimately happiness – you have each day.
Commit to Getting Physical Exercise Regularly
One self-care tip for busy parents is to commit to getting physical exercise frequently. It can be anything from practicing yoga to taking a walk around the block. The point is to get your blood pumping and your body burning a few extra calories. You’ll likely find that you naturally have the urge to want to eat healthier when you’re taking care of your body through physical exercise. There are many ways to include physical activity in your days including attending to your garden or going for a run or bike ride. Mix it up so you don’t quickly become bored with your workout routine. You can also workout with your kids, which will make it more fun for all!
Pamper & Take Care of Yourself
It’s essential to your health and well-being that you make time to pamper and take care of yourself. It doesn’t have to be complicated and can be as simple as going to get a massage at the spa or buying new replacement lenses for your glasses so you can see better. Taking care of yourself includes a long list of possibilities such as going to the doctor, getting enough sleep, and finding ways to manage your stress. You can’t keep putting these necessary to-dos off for another day, or you risk your health suffering.
Find Hobbies You Enjoy
Another self-care tip for busy parents is to find hobbies you enjoy doing in your free time. While work is one way to put your skills to use, hobbies are another more pleasurable way to challenge yourself. For example, start cooking new recipes in your kitchen or teach yourself DIY projects you can do around the house to spruce it up. Figure out what else it is you love to do and then set aside time in the evening hours when the kids are in bed or on the weekends to participate in activities that bring you joy.
Set Aside “Me Time”
You need time to unwind and relax if you’re going to be able to tackle all that’s on your to-do list. So, just in the same way that you schedule a meeting, set aside “me time” to drink a cup of tea on your patio or read a good book. Take a bath or paint your nails and enjoy some peace and quiet without any interruptions. There are many self-care activities you can do right in the comfort of your own home when no one is around. Take a few moments to self-reflect and think about your future goals and what you want to achieve. Use your quiet moments to consider what changes you want to make to your lifestyle and your schedule so that you can feel more at ease and content.
Connect with Friends
It’s also important that you make time in your days to be silly and for laughter. Reach out and connect with old and new friends regularly. Go out to dinner or attend a comedy show and catch up with the people who you love being around. It’s healthy to have other mothers who you can talk to and confide in as a parent. It’s your chance to pick each other’s brains and offer tips and advice based on your individual experiences.
Focus on Your Mental Health
Give your brain a boost as a way to practice self-care as a busy parent. Your mental health matters and will make a difference in how well you’re able to function each day. You may want to keep a journal to write down how you’re feeling and list what you’re grateful for in your life. Also, consider giving meditation a try or doing a crossword puzzle to challenge your mind. These are simple yet imperative ways for you to improve your outlook and mental state.
Ask for Help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you’re a busy parent. This has always been one of my biggest struggles, but truly does make a world of difference! Reach out and let others know when you can use some assistance. For example, maybe your husband can watch the kids while you run out and get your hair done at the salon, or maybe your kids can join a neighborhood carpool to help you with rides. Asking for help doesn’t make you weak but rather very wise because it means you know your limitations. It also shows that you are able to put others’ needs above your own and allows you to release some of that pride that often hinders our growth and happiness.