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When you’re a busy parent with a lot on your plate, it’s easy to let your health and well-being fall by the wayside. After all, you always put your children first, and it can sometimes feel like there just isn’t any time to focus on yourself. Self-care doesn’t have to take a lot of time.
Whether you have five minutes or an hour to spare, here are some of the things you can do to feel your best.Want to know how to shift the energy of your day and bounce back from stress? Check out these self care tips!Click To Tweet
Create a Healthy Home
When your home isn’t healthy, there’s every reason to believe that you also won’t be at full health. Dust, moisture, and mold can all lead to various health conditions that can leave you feeling poorly and unproductive.
Simple things like replacing your AC filter regularly, investing in house plants, wiping away moisture on windows, and using dehumidifiers can all be ways to improve your health and the health of your home.
Eat Healthy Food
If you continuously find yourself battling fatigue and lethargy, take a look at your diet. Busy family life can have you reaching for convenience foods, but their high fat, salt, and sugar content can wreak havoc on your body.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to take a lot of time. Instead, it can be as simple as swapping sugary chocolate bars for berries and soda for water.
Small changes over time may make more of a difference than you think.
Things to Make You Feel Better When Depressed Can Be as Simple as Practicing Mindfulness
When you’re juggling work, errands, chores, and kids, it can sometimes seem like ‘stressed’ is now your permanent state.
While it’s true that a full schedule can be hard to manage, something as simple as mindfulness might be how you change your mindset.
Mindfulness can take just 20 minutes a day yet can be responsible for more self-awareness, less stress, and a decluttered mind.
Share the Load
You can’t always do everything. Running a household can be a team effort, so there’s undoubtedly value in trying to make it so.
Set up rosters for the kids to help with chores, and communicate with your spouse about getting more help.
Sometimes, busy parents can also see the value in hiring cleaners, booking landscaping companies, and ordering groceries online to free up time.
Enjoy Simple Things That Make You Happy Like a Treat
When you spend most of your day taking care of everyone else’s needs, having something for yourself can sometimes offer the healthy boost you need. At least a few times a week, treat yourself to something that’s just for you.
It might be a coffee from your favorite café, a walk-in nature without your family in tow, or seeing a movie with a friend. These small things may offer the boost you need to feel at your best.
Things That Feel Good Physically
While you may not have time to visit the gym or dedicate an hour a day to exercise, that doesn’t mean you don’t have time to exercise at all. There is a multitude of ways you can fit fitness into your hectic day.
Partake in incidental exercise, which are activities that push your body but aren’t your typical exercises. For example, you might take the stairs rather than the lift or park your car in the farthest parking spot from the grocery store.
You may also benefit from multiple ten-minute workouts throughout the day, rather than one long one when you don’t have a large block of free time.
Getting the family involved in exercise with a nature hike can even be how you make sure you get exercise and time together as a family.
It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind as a hard-working parent. Over time, this can take a toll on your mind and body. However, by eating healthy, exercising, and sharing the load, you can be on your way to feeling at your best.
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Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.