Parenting can be really exhausting at times. However, parenting during a global pandemic is a whole another story. Everyone can agree the mental and physical exhaustion is times 100! Parents are forced to become English, Math, and P.E. teachers. Moreover, many parents are working from home, managing projects, and conducting Zoom video calls with little humans crashing the meeting in the background.
From cooking, working, cleaning, taking care of the kids, you name it, parents are doing it. This makes it even more important for parents to remove some time for themselves and get a little balance in their lives. Listed below are five self-care tips for parents at home.
1) Remove time for Exercise
Exercise can do wonders for the mind and body. But it can be difficult to remove time for it when you are busy homeschooling and taking care of the kids. So start small. Remove 15 minutes a day for a walk. In a week or two, gradually move on to 30 minutes of basic body workouts such as squats, pushups, crunches, and burpees.
By getting active, you will increase energy levels, feel motivated, be happier, and reduce stress. In short, you will live a longer, fuller, and stress-free life. You can find tons of Youtube workout tutorials or download a free fitness app to get started.
2) Get a Restful Night’s Sleep
People who get less than 6 hours of quality sleep are more likely to feel lethargic, eat more, and have a foggy memory. Sleep is precious, and to be an effective and loving parent, you need to focus on your sleep timings. What’s more, you will set an excellent example for your kiddos as well.
3) Schedule ME Time
When stuck at home, it can almost feel impossible to pamper yourself and do something you like. However, you must remove time for yourself at least once, and if possible, twice a week.
Start by implementing a daily 10-minute meditation practice. This will help you stay more forced at daily tasks and significantly cut down stress. You can also leave your children with your partner and go for a walk to your nearest park or head out for a drive. Doing this will help you get away from the chaos and clear your mind.
Keep in mind to follow COVID-related safety guidelines before stepping out.
4) Get in Touch with Friends
When was the last time you heard a hearty conversation with your close friends? Wait until your kids are in bed or put on a TV show for them and catch-up with friends over a video call.
5) Have an Indoor Date
This weekend, how about sending the children to bed early and ordering a nice meal for two. You can later switch to a movie or board game night, or simply head down for a cozy night walk. The possibilities are truly endless!
As parents, it is important to remember that you can’t pour from an empty cup. It is, therefore, vital to remove time for yourself. This way, you can recharge, rejuvenate, and give your 100% to kids. So don’t shy away from prioritizing your needs and taking care of yourself!