Being a parent is STRESSFUL! Of course, you have to put your baby first, you often feel like you’re losing yourself, you never get a moment to yourself. Does anything sound familiar?
When you hear the phrase “self-care”, do you actually take time to acknowledge what it is or do you just assume since you live your life and take care of yourself that you practice the act of self-care? Most of us just assume we practice self-care by living our daily lives. As a new parent, self-care has become less of a priority, and more of a chore since you have other things (such as your little one) that take priority now. It’s time to change that. Self-care can become a part of your lifestyle again once you take the first few steps.
What is Self-Care?
To put it simply, self-care is the act of taking care of yourself. It kind of seems like a no-brainer, but when you think about what you’re doing to take care of yourself and your ability to put the best you forward — the list is short.
The moment you become a parent you have to shift your priorities, and you tend put your needs on the back burner. Understandable. But self-care is just as important as the love and care you show to your little one.
Why Self-Care is Important
Being a parent is a full-time job with no breaks or days off. The pressure can definitely take a toll on you. Engaging in a self-care routine has been clinically proven to reduce or eliminate anxiety and depression, reduce stress, improve concentration, minimize frustration and anger, increase happiness, improve energy, and more to help you be the best you.
We’ve found 10 simple and easy ways you can practice self-care as a parent:
One of the simplest ways to practice self-care is by resting. Kick your feet up, sit back and relax, take a nap. Your body will thank you later!
2. Spend Time Outside
Sometimes we could all use a breath of fresh air. Whether you want to take your dog out for a walk with you, go for a jog, or just simply take deep breaths — it’s always good to get outside.
3. Ask Family and Friends for Help
It’s okay to ask for help sometimes. Moms are literally superheroes, but every superhero needs their sidekick to be able to reach out to for help every so often.
4. Keep A Healthy Diet
This may be challenging when you’re making meals to accommodate an entire family, but you all can keep a healthy diet together. You can start with at least 1 healthy meal out of the week, and add to your diet as you please. Eating cleaner is said to help boost your everyday energy.
You can start with as little as 5 minutes to get you started. If you aren’t familiar with meditating, you can opt for a guided meditation or look up some simple ways to get the ball rolling. You can squeeze meditation in between tasks or even have your little one join in too!
Sometimes getting the blood flowing is all you need. Exercising comes in different forms, so feel free to get up and dance like no one’s watching.
7. Spend Time With Your Partner
Most of the time, your partner feels the same way you do. If “I miss him/her” ever crossed your mind, it most likely has crossed your partners too. Call Grandma to watch the baby, and plan a date night.
8. Catch Up with Friends
Maybe, you never have time to spend with your friends since you’ve become a mom. If you have a mom friend who needs to some “me-time” — give her a call to join in for some much-needed self-care.
9. Try Something New
The old saying says, “Out with the old, and in with the new!” Do you have a hobby you’ve been debating on starting? Have your eye on a new recipe you’re dying to try? Take the leap and turn over a new leaf.
10. Take Some “Me Time”
Sometimes “me-time” is needed more than we like to admit. Take this time to really enjoy some alone time. Use this time to pamper yourself. Book that manicure appointment you’ve been putting off, get that bath bomb ready, put that face mask on and relax!
Remember to take care of yourself first you won’t have enough to give to others. For more information check out our Pinterest board for tips and tricks on self-care.