Wellness Tips for Parents
Being a parent is hard work. It is constant & all consuming. It is easy to become overwhelmed & forget about ourselves.
After having my second baby, life is even more hectic & my days are primarily consumed by childcare, work & household jobs. However stopping caring for myself would mean my care for my children would be impacted. So I decided it is really important that I create some time each day to meet my own needs & actually have time, however short, to ‘chill’ & have some head-space. Not only does this help ensure I am happier, but hopefully makes me a better parent.
It Isn’t Selfish!
Wellness is nothing more than making small changes & choices. These small choices can lead to big change. These are our top Wellness Tips for Parents – simple ideas you can incorporate into your day or week to improve your happiness.
1. Plan Something to Look Forward To
When there is something to look forward to, you feel happier. A family holiday, a cinema trip or seeing friends, anticipation is a very positive emotion. So? Take time to plan something to look forward to. When that day gets closer? Make sure you plan something else! Try to always have something in your diary that excites you. Something that makes you want to count down the days.
2. Get Out & About
With young children, it can be very easy to stay in the house all day. However, staring at those four walls is going to negatively affect your mood. You don’t have to go far, but it’s important to mix up your routine, get a change of scenery & preferably get outdoors. Go to the park, visit a children’s farm or even plan a weekend away. New sights and experiences are a great source of happiness.
What is your favorite thing to do? It could be anything, big or small. Maybe it’s eating out, gardening, going to a spa, having alone time, meeting up with friends, exercising or shopping…anything! Now find a way to get your favourite thing scheduled into your diary. Allowing me-time for self-awareness & relaxation increases well-being & encourages you to live a life aligned with your needs as well as those of others.
Researching various courses, articles & websites that give tips & information about improving or understanding personal well-being can give some food for thought. For example, some people are fascinated by the mysticism of astrologists’ readings or Numerologist theories of self-knowledge.
4. Find a Way to Relax
Meditation is a word many people associate with relaxing. However, meditation may not be your thing. Everyone has their own way of relaxing – a country walk, listening to some favourite music or getting lost in a good book. Find what relaxes you and try to fit it into your week as often as you can.
OK so this isn’t an easy one, especially for those of us with young children. Night feeds, bad dreams & early mornings can result in us not getting the amount of sleep we need. Sleep, though, is extremely important. It’s when our body resets itself, ready for the next day ahead. Depression & anxiety can occur when we don’t get enough rest. Try to adjust your & your little ones’ routines to get as much ‘restful’ sleep as possible. Routine is the key word – the sooner the children get into good bedtime & waking habits, the more likely the whole family can sleep well.
When your child is born, your own needs in life shouldn’t end. Your life isn’t less important. In fact, taking the time to care for yourself is vital to creating positive feelings.
So? The best way to take care of your children is to start by taking care of you.
**Wellness Tops for Parents is a sponsored post