When you become a parent, finding ways to practice self care may not be at the top of your mind. After all, you’ve got a baby to care for, feed, and reassure during this stressful time.
But taking a few moments to look after yourself, rejuvenate and recharge is essential for your mental and physical health, especially when things are at their most hectic. With many of us practicing social distancing right now, finding ways to relax at home is crucial. So stop, breathe, take a few minutes and try out some of these self care ideas.
Even just a few minutes of meditation each day can greatly reduce stress levels, improve your mood, and help you get that much-needed relaxation. There are plenty of guided meditations, mindfulness exercises or breathing techniques online that can be integrated into your day during any free moments you may have. You can even get your little ones involved - meditation is a great skill to learn at any age!
At Home Spa
You don’t need to leave the house to create the ultimate relaxation environment. All you need is a few supplies. Set up a calming bath, complete with candles, music, and even bath salts or bubble bath if you have any. Turn down the lights, turn on some music and enjoy your self care escape. To take it even further, use scrubs, face masks, essential oils, and lotions for a full, luxurious experience.
Get Some Fresh Air
Spending time outside does wonders for our mental health. Although you may not be able to go for a hike or hang out at the beach, just taking the time to step outside into your backyard or drink your morning coffee on the front porch is a great form of self-care. Breathing in some fresh air reduces anxiety, and can even help with physical well-being. So gather your little ones, play some games in the backyard, have a porch-front picnic, or just open up the windows and let that air flow in!
Practice Your Hobbies
Is there something you always loved to do, but maybe haven’t had time for? Whether it’s finishing a project around the house, doing a fun craft or playing an instrument, taking up hobbies can help you feel relaxed and improve your mood. Passing on the hobby to your kids is a great way to bond as a family, or use this time to reconnect with yourself. Whatever activity you choose, taking the time to focus on something you’re excited about is a great way to escape the stresses of everyday life.
When most of your time is spent caring for little ones, it’s easy to forget that your relationship needs a little TLC too. Putting some effort into a fun date night can make all the difference in both you and your partner’s happiness. You don’t have to leave the house to have an amazing date! While the kids are napping or after they go to bed, dedicate some time to reconnecting with each other whether it’s a movie night, making a meal together, or just talking over dessert. Find something fun to make the most of the time you get to spend just the two of you.
Remember, taking time to yourself will ultimately give you more mental and physical energy, to help you be the best parent you can be.
Doona understands that it can be tough out there, especially now. But our goal is to make parents’ lives easier, no matter the situation. When it is time to leave the house, Doona Car Seat & Stroller will make the transition smooth and simple. And if you’re quarantined with a toddler, our Liki Trike is the perfect way to keep them happy and active inside or out.