Take Five Minutes to Breathe
Are you giving me side-eye while asking who has time to breathe? My friend, you do.
Stopping in your tracks for a few deep breaths is an incredibly calming experience. This is especially useful when your day has been extraordinarily stressful. Even a few minutes of deep breaths can do wonders to improve your mood. This is a wonderful technique to teach the kids, too. We’ve found that getting my two-year-old granddaughter to take deep breaths helps when she’s out of sorts.
Many studies have been done to prove just how much nature matters. Green spaces have a way of recharging us, which positively affects our cognition, our stress levels, and even our physical health. With this in mind, try to get outside when you can. If you can't, consider creating an indoor garden to enjoy year-round.
It might seem laughable for a parent to have time to read a book. You'd be amazed at how quickly you can get through a story by reading a page here and there whenever you have a free moment. Reading engages the mind and gives you a much-needed respite. For bonus points, join a book club. Talking about something you've read with other adults is some of the best self-care there is.
Create an Oasis
We all need a space apart which belongs entirely to us. This can be hard when you're a parent. Try to carve out a cozy nook somewhere which is entirely yours. Maintain the space with knickknacks and delights of your choosing. No toys or children's paraphernalia allowed.
Grab a few minutes for yourself while the children are napping or at school. Use this for an indulgence designed just to pamper you. Enjoy a bubble bath. Visit a friend. If your children are young, consider hiring a sitter. Even if you stay at home, having someone else watch the kids so you can have a few minutes to yourself will do wonders for your mood.
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