Parents need time for themselves – away from work and, yes, even their children. But with more kids at home these days because of the pandemic, getting some “me time” can be challenging.
To help you ensure you can breathe a bit and practice some self-care, consider these tips:
1. Build a Shed
Those backyard cabins are worth the money spent when you think of the peace that they provide.
They’re separate from your home, so you can detach yourself from the home office, kitchen, and every area where your children might be.
You can make them anything you want, from a craft room to a “man cave.” When you genuinely need a break, you can transform them into a sleeping area.
Staying there sends a strong signal to your family that you prefer to enjoy your time alone.
Backyard cabins are now available in various designs and sizes. Some builders can also customize the look according to your preference. Either way, it’s an excellent investment for parents who also need pampering.
2. Wake Up at Least 30 Minutes Before the Household
Stirring before the rest of the household wakes up gives you enough time for yourself.
Within this half-hour, you can already:
Grab a cup of joe or tea, sit down, and write a journal.
Stretch to get rid of the contracted muscles.
Do high-intensity interval training (HIIT) or yoga to boost your alertness.
Take care of a garden.
Listen to the music you want.
Prepare your things for work.
Prep meals for the day.
3. Give Them Chores
Do you know that you can already give responsibilities to children as young as two years old? You can check out the list of age-appropriate chores.
These chores can keep your little ones busy when they’re not in school. This way, you can catch a break, not to mention reduce your to-dos for the day.
In the long-term, it will teach your children many values and skills that will come in handy as they become adults. These include discipline, persistence, and accountability.
Granted, children are not usually receptive to household chores since they sometimes associate them with work. Make it more rewarding – literally – by perhaps giving them points or incentives like 10 minutes more of screen time if they complete the tasks.
4. Improve Your Sleep Hygiene
Sleep is one of the underrated solutions for exhausted parents. When you’re snoozing, your body heals itself and gets rid of the toxins.
Your brain receives the rest it deserves, so you’ll wake up feeling more refreshed and alert. Sleep can also reduce your stress levels and strengthen your immune system.
You can practice better sleep hygiene by:
Sleeping with the lights off (block out outdoor lights and turn off your phone or use a blue light filter)
Encouraging your kids to sleep in a different room
Preventing pets from sleeping with you
Avoiding using electronic devices at least an hour before you sleep
It’s normal for parents to feel guilty if they try to do things for themselves. However, remember, you can take care of your loved ones better if you’re also healthy in both mind and body.