Being a parent is a full-time career, added to all of the other responsibilities in your life. A firm grasp on the importance of respite is vital to your success as a parent. You have to know how and be able to turn everything off once in a while.
It’s undoubtedly difficult to make time for yourself, especially if you’re a single parent, but relaxation is the key to retaining your sanity. Take some time for yourself now, and check out a brief look at some creative ways to reduce the stressors of being a parent.
Soak in the silences
If you have young children who are not yet in school, utilize nap time for peace. Soak in the silence figuratively and literally. Take a hot epsom salt bath (to relax your physical body). When you’re finished bathing, lie staring at the ceiling in complete silence for a while.
Sometimes a little time to reset your mind will make the difference between a great day or a day on the struggle bus. Sensory deprivation is always helpful for an overstimulating lifestyle.
Try Yoga to become more centered
Yoga can do a lot of positive things for your physical being, but it will also help you to center your mind. Strengthening your physical being works wonders for your mental health.
If Yoga isn’t your thing, find something to help you dig deeper into the benefits of being one with your mind, body, and soul. A well-rounded parent is a great guardian of young life.
Dance it out
It may sound silly, but dancing is an extremely efficient way to relieve stress. Dancing is also great cardio exercise for your heart and blood flow.
If you’re angry, sad, or just plain disillusioned with life, dance it out. Five minutes of silly dancing in the privacy of your home is bound to make you giggle at yourself, and laughter is also great for relieving stress.
Go to the gym
Let’s face it. Not all parents are the type who would enjoy going to the gym, but staying physically fit will solve problems you never knew it would.
Spending an hour or two in the gym during the week will give you something to call your own. A scheduled time for just you (and your partner if you’d like) to get away.
Plan a mommy/daddy day
Couples often set aside one day a week to spend time with one another for the longevity of their relationship. Well, for the longevity of your sanity, plan a mommy/daddy day sometime during the week/weekend. Find a one-day babysitter, or ask your siblings to chip in for the cause.