Guest blog by Alexis Hall singleparent.info
You’re in charge of another human life. That’s a great responsibility, and along with it comes a huge number of tasks that have flooded your hectic schedule, from feeding your child to changing their diaper to singing them to sleep. There’s little time left over for you, so watching over your own well-being has been put aside until you can get a moment to yourself.
That’s a mistake, as you need to be healthy and strong to fulfill the greatest role you’ve ever taken on, and that’s impossible without a large dose of self-care, which includes eating right, getting some rest, and relieving stress when you can. The only question is how to fit it in. Here are some suggestions that’ll help you achieve that goal.
Cook Meals Quickly
Although you may think it takes hours slaving over a hot stove, dinner can be done in a matter of 15 minutes if you’re efficient. It all starts with some mental preparation and imagining what you’re going to make step by step, says a culinary expert with The Kitchn. Before doing that, preheat the oven and put water on to boil if you need to. When you’re finished, you’ll have a healthy meal ready without spending too much time away from the little one.
Outsource Some Chores
A time will come when you simply can’t get everything done. Don’t feel bad. You’re not a superhero; there’s nothing wrong with calling a cleaner, even on a regular basis. It usually costs between $100 and $200 a visit to get your house looking spic and span without lifting a finger.
Meditate in Your Car
It doesn’t seem like the ideal place as it’s nearly impossible to get yourself into the lotus position here. However, you have no time for ideals, so take advantage of the peace and quiet after coming home from work or shopping before you enter the noisy home. The bathroom is another place where you can take a few moments for yourself.
Exercise at Home
Getting to the gym is tricky, but there are exercises to do right at home when you have a moment to yourself, and they work wonders at keeping you trim if you stick to a regular routine. A writer with Oprah.com recommends squats, incline push-ups, hip raises, and planks, among others, none of which require any equipment at all.
Put on Some Music
With an infant or toddler in the house, you have to be careful with the volume, as you don’t want to wake them during a nap or, worse yet, not hear them when things go pear-shaped. However, a few tunes while you’re doing the laundry or washing the dishes would do wonders to lift your spirits during a particularly hectic day, so have at it.
Emote in a Journal
Sometimes you need to let it all out, but screaming isn’t appropriate, as you would frighten the little one and make the neighbors wonder what’s going on next door. Expressing your emotions through writing is as quiet as it gets, so pull out a notebook and pencil and let the words flow out like water from a faucet. It’s very cathartic.
Take a Hot Bath
The spa is a popular destination for well-being devotees, as it relaxes the muscles and the mind. Although you can make it there once in a while, it’s unlikely to be a regular thing. You can give yourself similar treatment at home in your bathtub with some hot water and lavender oil. That’ll help you soak your stress away.
Call a Friend
There’s something about the comfort their words offer when you’re feeling low. Well, that connection you share has been scientifically linked to better physical and emotional health, and your friend’s voice may even trigger the release of oxytocin, a neurochemical linked to bonding and happiness. That’ll make you feel better and give you a boost of energy to carry on.
Remember, your well-being shouldn’t take a backseat to that of your child as the two are too tightly linked. Look after yourself and stay strong. That’s the best thing for both of you.
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Written by Alexis Hall firstname.lastname@example.org Singleparent.info