Whilst you spend all your time caring for your children, it’s important to try and squeeze in some moments of self-care for yourself (where possible). We’ve got some tricks to help you parents feel a little more relaxed and a little less stressed. 😊
A quick breathing exercise
Breathing exercises are a great way to help you feel centered in times of stress, they’re the perfect self-care habit to include in your daily routine as they only take a couple of minutes. You can do them standing up, sitting or lying down, and you can do them just about anywhere as long as it’s safe.
A great method to use is 4-7-8 breathing, this is where you: · inhale through your nose for a count of four · hold your breath for a count of seven · exhale completely through your mouth and make a whoosh sound for a count of eight · you can then repeat this cycle three more times for a total of four breaths
You might not think this should be in a self-care article as it’s more of a basic human need but it’s so easy to forget to get your daily water intake. Staying hydrated will help you from feeling over-caffeinated (don’t worry coffee-fuelled parents, we are not judging ☕)️. Keeping your hydration levels up and making sure you’re getting the daily recommended amount for you will allow you to keep your energy levels high and your brain functioning.
Make that shower a little bit longer
When you get the time to have a shower in peace, take a few extra minutes to really rejuvenate. You could exfoliate, put a hair mask on, or spend time moisturising when you get out. It’s important that when you find moments of calm, you take a moment and appreciate them as we all know they can be few and far between as parents.
Key tip 🔑 you could even make it a cold shower
Having a cold shower or turning your shower cold for the last couple of minutes has many health benefits. They’re proven to improve circulation, fight off common illnesses such as pesky colds, increase endorphins, and reduce stress and anxiety! ❄️
Like breathing exercises, meditations can be done in a couple of minutes; clearing your brain for a short period of time can help give your mind a little reset. There are plenty of free meditations on YouTube ranging from 4 minutes to hours, however long you can get. 🧘
Make a healthy meal
When you’re focused on getting everyone else fed, it’s easy to just grab a quick fix and call it a meal. However, making yourself your favourite healthy meal can give you a mental and physical boost. Making sure you get all your nutrients as a parent can be tough, especially as you might spend your time making sure your children get theirs. Finding quick, easy and healthy meals is the perfect way to get them in. 🥗
Listen to a podcast
As a parent, you’ve probably learned the art of multitasking, so here’s a tip where that can come in handy. The next time you have an hour cleaning, try putting a podcast on, whether it’s entertaining or educational, they’re a great way to take your mind elsewhere without having to sit and watch the TV.
We all know that moments of sun in the UK are few and far between, but no matter the weather, try and get outside for some fresh air and Vitamin D ☀️️. You could even walk to a local coffee shop and treat yourself to a cold drink you didn’t have to make yourself. Getting outside for a walk and having a change of scenery is another perfect way to boost your physical and mental health.
Taking care of your life admin is one of the best self-care tips because it gives you peace of mind as a parent. Purchasing a Bequest Life life insurance policy is one of the most loving and caring things you can do. Ensuring these things are taken care of, your mental and physical health will follow and you can put your all into caring for your family. We understand the struggle of trying to find a moment of peace as a parent but getting just a few minutes a day can make a huge difference. You’ve got this, parents. 💪