As any parent knows, prioritising your mental health is challenging when you’re busy wrangling energetic kids and checking off your never-ending “to-do” list. But devoting time to self-care is an important facet of a balanced life.
Taking care of yourself helps you stay patient and calm even when your kids are driving you bonkers and daily stressors are piling up. We know you love your family, but it’s okay to devote time for yourself too. With these simple strategies, you can improve your mental health while still staying on top of your busy schedule.
Adding a bit of mindfulness to your routine is an easy way to calm down after a stressful day. Meditating for just ten minutes a day increases focus, promotes sleep, and improves mental stamina. For an extra relaxing meditation experience, try diffusing an essential oil to help you unwind.
Only have five minutes? Meditation is a perfect addition to your busy schedule since you can meditate no matter where you are! Focus your attention on your breath and let go of nagging thoughts, and in just a few minutes, you’ll feel the relief.
Sleep promotes physical and mental rejuvenation. It’s no wonder that you’re short-tempered or anxious if you’re sleep-deprived! Sleeping for seven to nine hours a night will recharge your battery so you can easily deal with daily stressors.
Restful sleep is all about the bedtime routine:
When you’re schedule is packed wall-to-wall with play-dates and soccer practice, it’s hard to imagine fitting in time for your mental health. But taking care of your mental health doesn’t need to involve time-consuming commitments. Instead, incorporate small, mindful breaks into your routine.
A mental health break can look like:
Find pockets throughout the day to exhale and check-in with yourself, and don’t forget to communicate your needs with your family.
#4 Let Go of Perfectionism
Although it’s tempting, it’s not helpful to compare yourself to others. While it may seem like other parents have everything under control in their perfect Instagram feeds, chances are they have messy living rooms and cranky toddlers too.
Remember that you’re only human. It’s okay to make mistakes! The important thing is to learn from the mistakes you do make, and treat yourself with compassion and kindness.
Sometimes we feel like we need to be a super-parent and do it all. But no one expects you to do everything on your own! Whether it’s confiding in a spouse or speaking with a mental health professional, seeking out support will help you manage your mental health. Be kind to yourself, and remember to treat yourself with the same love and care you show your family.