Self care has become something of a buzzword in recent years, hasn’t it? From spa days and relaxation baths to yoga classes and clay sculpting workshops, the idea of self-care has really taken off post-pandemic.
Everyone talks about self-care and how we should be looking after ourselves, but when you’re a parent it can feel like there isn’t time for the things that you need for yourself, such as making time for all important self-care.
The good news is that despite having a rather hectic and demanding schedule as a parent, there are lots of ways you can fit simple self-care into your daily routine. Intrigued?
Below is a guide to all of the best approaches for fitting a little self-care into a rather hectic routine.
Spend time in the garden
Getting outside is one of the best things that you can do for your mental health – especially when you’re at home a lot with little ones to care for. So, aim to get outside for at least an hour each day – if you don’t have a garden, maybe there’s a local park that you can visit instead?
While you’re outside, let the kids run around playing, so that you can spend some time doing something for yourself. Whether that’s simply sitting in the sunshine or doing a spot of gardening, it doesn’t matter, what’s important is that you’re getting outside.
Practice yoga (with the kids)
So, you might not have time to leave the house and head to the gym for a yoga class, but you can practice yoga at home. This could be an activity you do as and when the kids have a nap or you could practice yoga together as a family – you might even find a yoga session will help calm and soothe over active little ones before nap time.
You’ll need yoga mats to practice on and a video or two to follow – there are some really great free options online, from basic classes to more advanced workshops, and everything in between.
Immerse yourself in stress-free baking
Baking with kids might be stressful, but baking alone (perhaps once the little ones are in bed or taking a nap) can be extremely calming.
Whether you love to make batches of brownies or enjoy baking a loaf or two of bread, spending some time in the kitchen following a simple recipe can really help to calm your mind and give you that boost you need after a stressful and hectic day.
Read a book
Got ten minutes to yourself? Why not take that time to read a few pages of a book? It might not be a lot of time, but even stepping out for ten minutes or so can be a great way to calm your mind and make yourself feel calmer and more in control.
There you have it, a few simple ways you can practice self-care at home, even when you have the kids to think about.