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Parenting is exhausting. As much as it exhilarating and rewarding, it is stressful and tiring. Sometimes parenting requires you to put yourself on the bottom of your own priority list. And that's okay--normal, even. But occasionally you'll need to put yourself at the top of the list. You need to take care of yourself so you can take care of your family. You need relaxation, rejuvenation, and a little fun.
Because you are used to having the mindset that you take care of yourself lastly, it can be difficult to remember how to rejuvenate yourself. If you find yourself currently in this situation, here are some ways to take care of yourself so that you can take care of your lovely family later.
Spa Day: Get a massage, get a mani-pedi, and use the sauna. Relax and make sure to stop incessantly thinking about all the things you have to get done. Let your mind wander naturally, and breathe deeply.
Nap: An uninterrupted nap can not only rejuvenate your body, but your mind and spirit as well. It can also give you an energy boost so that when you awaken, you'll be more ready to tackle your daily duties.
Read or Watch a Movie: Many parents find that this is great way to relax. It doesn't have to be a literary or theatrical classic that makes you analyze; it usually works better when it is "light" entertainment--something to just be enjoyed without too much analytical thought. Pick up something fun, or something that you've always wanted to read.
Meditate: Every person does this differently. Some take a yoga class while others sit quietly in their favorite outside spot and think. There isn't a right or wrong way to meditate. It can be very personal and individualized.
Go on a Walk: Take a few minutes to a half-hour each day to go on a walk. It can be leisurely or brisk--whichever you prefer. You can use it to get your blood pumping or you can take that time to think and plan for your upcoming tasks. Breathing fresh air while walking can clear the mind.
Weekend Get-Away: If you need to treat yourself in a big way, organize a weekend get-away. Go somewhere you've always wanted to visit. Have your significant other or friends go with you, or, if you need to, go by yourself. And have some fun!
Get a Babysitter: One night away from household duties. One night out on the town. One night with your significant other. One night being dressed up. Sans kids. Hire a babysitter and enjoy yourself.
Whatever you decide to do to rest and rejuvenate your faculties, enjoy it. And remember, when you take care of yourself--emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually--you will be better equipped to take care of your family with more patience, love, determination, and care.
By nature, I am a worrier. I do it all the time, even though most people who know me–even those who know me well–would never expect to hear such a declaration from my mouth. What do I worry about the most? In a nutshell? My kids. But what mother doesn’t worry, right?[more]
Yesterday was my “special day.” That is what my family calls the day that my parents first got me. In recent years I’ve heard people call it “gotcha day” but like I special day better. It was always marked with a special meal and the re-telling of the first day my parents picked me up at the agency office. My younger brother has a special day too – Nov. 1st. [more]
Want to encourage creativity and individuality? Let your child help make plans to decorate his or her room. Brainstorm ideas together. Not only can you come up with some great ideas, but you'll spend some quality time together.
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