Fitting Self-Care Into Our Everyday Routines
As caregivers of little kiddos now more than ever it can feel like there are not enough hours in the day to take care of ourselves. When are we supposed to fit in time for self-care?
Let’s face it if we wait for manicures, massages, and spa days those days might be few and far between! But what we can do is take care of ourselves each day in small ways that make us feel like your best true self.
Eat, sleep, drink water
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, we need to take care of our basic functions.
Ensuring we are sleeping enough is a hard one. If you are still getting up in the night with your kids try to go to bed earlier and trade-off duties with your partner for help. Even give yourself a 20-minute power nap during the day if you need it!
And drink water. Period. It’s so good for you and will help you feel more awake and alert.
Make time for what you enjoy
Schedule intentional activities that make you feel rejuvenated. Meditate, journal, read, watch a show. Unwind, relax, and take your mind off all of your daily stressors.
There are always going to be dishes to unload, laundry to fold, toys to put away, emails to respond to, the list is neverending. But, we need to relax. I get it, easier said than done. Give yourself the mental space to do what you love.
Interact with other adults
Schedule regular dates with your partner or friends. After the kids are in bed, watch a movie, make a late dinner, or spend a nap time catching up talking.
Virtual video calls with friends to play cards and chat are so much fun!
We need to move our bodies. There are so many apps and websites these days it's to help squeeze in a 30-minute workout before your kids wake up, at naptime, or after they are in bed. Even if this is a walk with your kiddos, that counts!
Schedule regular times throughout the week to fit in movement. When you schedule it you're more likely to do it.
Self-care is vital to our well-being
Self-care doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money. In fact, it shouldn't. Find small moments to fit it in throughout the day. Get up a little earlier than your kids to start your day, take a few minutes of time to yourself during nap time, or do a quick workout while they’re playing near you.
You could even play a game. Every time they ask for a snack you need to chug the rest of your water and refill it — then you KNOW you'll be getting enough water throughout the day. ;)