5 self-Care Tips for Parents.
Being a parent is a full-time job. Unfortunately, parenting does not feed the kids. Parents have to work hard to support their families. Throughout this process, most parents start to neglect themselves and their self-care. Over time, parents have succeeded in convincing themselves that the life they want is somewhere in the distant near future (the irony is implied). They move vacation, couple’s time and self-care a little bit further till one day the kids are all grown and out of the house and they do not know what to do with themselves.
Why self-care should be important to parents.
Parents spend a lot of time giving, (Good parents that is). They give their time, their money, emotions, and strength. The giving process puts a drain on them. Like with everything people take things from, there has to be a replenish point. This is what self-care does for parents. It helps then replenish.
Here are our 5 top tips for parents on self-care.
- Put yourself in your daily to-do list
The simplest actin done for you on a daily basis can help you rejuvenate. It could be 30 mins spent with a cup of tea or coffee before the house wakes up, or a glass of wine before bed. It could be a mani-pedi appointment or lunch with your friends. It could be golf or football or drinks with the guys. Whatever you do, make sure it relaxes you and leaves you feeling refreshed.
- Exercise regularly.
Exercises are not just for people who want to lose weight. They are a great way to keep body and mind together. Regular exercises keep you healthy, physically and mentally. It provides a much-needed stamina for carrying out parents duties.
- Healthy eating
Eating healthy keeps the doctor away, energizes you and helps you withstand the strain of being a parent. Healthy eating helps to overcome stress eating with results in health issues.
- Take care of your mind.
Your mind has a lot to do with your energy. When you are mentally and psychologically exhausted, you will find it hard to function well. A spa visit for a massage, nature walks, reading, meditating, yoga and even a quiet evening to yourself is a good way to refresh your mind.
- Take care of your body.
It is easy to get so caught up in childcare and the job that we forget even the basics. Moisturize daily, drinks lots of water. Skincare, hair care, clothes care are all part of self-care.
It is important that parents (spouses) encourage each other to take time out for themselves. Single parents also should take as much time as they can afford for themselves.