When you are a parent, it can be hard to find time to spend on yourself. Add in other responsibilities such as a job and housework, and it can feel even more impossible. However, you must try to find time to practice self-care so that you can be the best version of yourself. If you feel burnt out, it can affect everything else that you do.
Below are some self-care ideas that you could try to fit into your week so that you can feel better overall:
When you are busy, it can be tempting to reach for easy snacks and food, but sometimes the easiest and most convenient options aren’t the healthiest. Choosing to go with a healthier option will ensure that you are getting the nutrients that you need so that you have the energy to go about your day. It is also a great way to set an example to your children of what they should be eating.
Even if you can only afford to make small changes, you could add more vegetables to meals, snack on fruit, or drink more water. If you want to supplement some vitamins and nutrients into your diet, you could find the best iron supplement, multi-vitamin, or any other vitamin that you think you need.
Make plans with others
As a new parent, it can sometimes feel overwhelming and lonely. That is why it is vital to schedule plans with your friends and family. It will give you something to look forward to and the chance to be social with people that you like spending time with. This is something that you can do with or without the kids, as it can sometimes be hard to schedule activities without your children.
Start a journal
Journalling may not be for everyone, but it can come in many different forms, and help you to remember all the positive things that have happened in your day. You could buy yourself a beautiful notebook and keep it by your bed to write down your thoughts about the day before you go to sleep. It could also be something that you do on social media. You could post pictures on Instagram of things that have made you laugh, photos that you like, and anything else that you want to post. There is no right way to journal, but it can be great to be able to look back on what you have written or posted on a particularly hard day.
Get enough sleep
With children, it can be hard to get the amount of sleep that you would like, but there are things that you can do to make it more likely that you will. Try to go to sleep at the same time every night, and don’t stay up too late. It can be tempting to stay up later to have some me time, but don’t let it take from your sleep. If you have trouble getting to sleep, you could try reading, meditating, or listening to a podcast, anything that will help you to relax.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.