“To be a good parent, you need to take care of yourself so that you can have the physical and emotional energy to take care of your family.” -Michelle Obama
First of all, let’s make one thing clear: self-care is not selfish whatsoever! Self care is a priority and necessity. It is vital for our mental, emotional, and physical health as it boosts our mood and alleviates stress and anxiety. It is so important to take time for yourself in order to find some peace and clarity. Did you know that one of the most important relationships is the one you have with yourself? So put yourself at the top of your to-do list every day, and everything else can fall into place. Because let’s be real, a happy you is a happy family.
“I just don’t have time for self-care. I have my kids to entertain, work to do, housework to do, cooking to do,” etc, etc. I’m sure we have all said these things too many times. But trust us, you can always find some time to fit in self-care. Remember, you owe yourself the love you give freely to your family and friends. Practicing self-care should be something that you enjoy and love doing. It should make you feel at peace and feel happy. And whether your self-care practice takes 5 minutes, or 10 minutes or 20 minutes–even an hour if you want–you will notice a beautiful change in your day. Hopefully your day will go more smoothly and you will have released some tension and negative emotions.
Early riser? Do some self-care first thing in the morning before the rest of your family gets up. If your kids are doing morning school activities, you can do some self-care while they’re occupied with that. Same thing in the afternoon if they have more school lessons. You can do some self-care if your kids are watching a movie or playing outside in the backyard. Self-care is also a great way to wind down after a busy day. After your kids are asleep, you can watch your favorite TV show, or read your book, or journal. Maybe you will even find that you enjoy doing some self-care activities with your family, such as going for a little nature walk, or doing family yoga, or watching a movie together. Whatever it may be, self-care should make you feel good–you should feel happy doing it and at peace.
Below is a list of some of our favorite self-care ideas. We even broke it up into rough time segments in case you’re short on time or realize you have more time for some loving self-care.
5-10 MINUTE SELF-CARE IDEAS:
-paint your nails
-short yoga flow (Youtube has many 10 min yoga flows!)
-guided meditation (again, Youtube is a great resource!)
-10 minute power nap
20-30 MINUTE SELF-CARE IDEAS
-listen to your favorite podcast
-keep a planner/bullet journal
-call a friend
-write a letter
-read some of your book
-treat your face with a face mask
1-2 HOUR SELF-CARE IDEAS:
-choose a new hobby to learn, such as hand-lettering, crochet, gardening, etc
-online coffee date with a friend
-if you can leave your kids at home, or have your spouse at home, take a long walk in nature
-have a dance party or do a fun dance workout, like Zumba, on Youtube
-if it helps you feel accomplished, choose one thing to organize that day (linen closet/tupperware cabinet/sock drawer/whatever!) to help you feel accomplished and put together
-watch your favorite movie
Another tip is to create a time each day called “not together time” where each person finds something to do or work on by themselves. Who knows? Your whole family may find a new hobby/passion!
And last, but not least, perhaps one of the most important self-care tips of all: do not forget to provide your body with nourishing and nutritious foods! You can’t work on an empty tank. Adequate nutrition is vital for daily life, and especially with the kids at home now, extra fuel is a must! (Anyone else playing tag more with your kids?) There’s nothing like eating nutrient-dense, wholesome foods to provide your body with the best fuel. Start your day with a nutritious smoothie. We hope you know that Kidzshake is the best in smoothies! Not to mention a wonderful multi-vitamin, too. Stuff in some greens in your blender and we promise you won’t taste the spinach or kale with the yummy flavors of fruit and KidzShake. Load up on your veggies with nourishing Buddha bowls or sneak them in your pasta sauce. Make nutrient-dense snacks for you and your family so you know that you’ll have plenty of healthy options ready when the hunger hits. Also, are you craving more snacks nowadays? Yeah, me too!
Give yourself the same care and attention that you give to others and watch yourself bloom.
Written By Gelsey Plaza