2020 was arguably the most difficult year for many of us across the globe. Families have had to jump over many hurdles to get quality education, to maintain a steady income, to find something creative and fun to do together, and manage their emotional health, as well as their physical health. I think it’s safe to say parents, we are amazing, but let’s not forget — we are human. It’s time to give yourselves a reboot after everything we’ve gone through. Good self-care is key to reduced anxiety and stress management! If you don’t know where to start, try any of these 15 self-care ideas!
2. Start a Gratitude Journal. Research shows that gratitude is the KEY to relationships with others, better sleep, and being happy. Before you go to sleep or right when you wake up, jot down three things you’re thankful for.
3. Sneak in moments of mindfulness. This doesn’t need to happen by setting apart a specific time, it can happen now — throughout your day-to-day.
4. Exercise! This suggestion is flexible. In case you need options, here are two: a 30-minute, indoor exercise routine using your baby or toddler, or try a solo 20-minute guided workout by Katrina Scott.
5. Go out to nature. If there’s a park or a hiking trail nearby, go for a stroll with the kids. Remember to wear your masks when other people are around.
6. Can’t go out into nature? Bring nature to you. Did you know that Aquarium Therapy can help lower blood pressure and heart rate? Take a minute to relax with your little one and keep this on in the background!
7. Join or start your own book club! Now more than ever, parents need other parents. When you’re at home interacting with your child can feel isolating. Keeping up with social interactions over a weekly zoom call with other adults can help you feel motivated!.
8. Do one small household chore. It seems converse to self-care, but taking care of a small task that’s been bothering you can actually give you a motivational boost. Organize a junk drawer or your closet. Here are 3 easy tips to get organized!
9. Cut out one activity from your schedule. We are taking the minimalist approach — anything that doesn’t add value to your life, toss it out. Simplifying is the start on giving yourself a boost.
10. Give yourself a Digital Detox. We’ve all been there; you are so tired that you turn to your phone late at night to get some me-time and switch off your brain for the night. Did you know there is a term for this called ‘Revenge Bedtime Procrastination?’ It ultimately leads to increased depression, so don’t fall prey to it!
11. Let yourself feel. Wrap yourself in a soft blanket, play some music that fits your mood, and cry if you need to!
12. Treat yourself! If you find it easy to spend money on your kids, but you intentionally neglect yourself, try getting yourself something you value. That can be a good meal (YOUR favorite meal, not your kids’), or that luxury grooming kit. Remind yourself that you value yourself as a person, not just as a parent.
13. Take a nap. If you’re the type of person that only has 20-minutes to nap, drink some coffee or green tea (if you’re sensitive to caffeine) before you nap. Because of the way caffeine is released into the body, you’ll wake up refreshed and ready to go!
14. Write down one goal or intention you have for the week. Put it up somewhere you can see every day. Try writing it out on your time-blocking schedule so you can see it right next to your day’s tasks.
15. Do someone one-on-one with your significant other. The power of intentional time can really reset your outlook on the future. Rekindle the flame (it doesn’t always have to be physical).
Self-care is often a misunderstood concept, and it’s oftentimes trivialized. Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of ourselves. It’s not just relaxing — it’s doing the hard work to take care of you today, for a better tomorrow. Whether you have 5 minutes or 50 minutes, make time for yourself, and fill up your cup.