Wanna know how to relax as a busy parent?
With four children myself, this is something that I have mastered. I have to have time for myself or I could literally go crazy.
Between my full-time job, helping my kids with school work, taking them to sports practice, household chores, making dinner, and a plethora of other things that I have to do daily, it seemed like I never got a break.
That's why I had to start making myself take a break just to unwind and get some me-time. It was crucial for me to do this in order to be sane for my family!
1. Hot Bubble Bath
Now this is definitely one for the mama's (dads can totally do this too if it relaxes you!) I love to wait until everyone is in the bed and it is peace and quiet in the house. I light turn off the lights and light candles and pour myself a glass of wine and just soak. Sometimes I may put on some of my favorite slow music and just enjoy. I feel so refreshed and rejuvenated once I'm done. I try to do this at least once a week.
2. Meditation or Yoga
Not only are these great ways for moms and dads to relax but they are also great for your mental health because they help to reduce stress. Meditation helps to take your attention off the hustle and bustle of the day and the many thoughts that you may have and helps to just clear your mind. I've recently started learning and practicing meditation and I love it!
3. Go for a Walk
Get outside with nature, even take the kids with you. It could be relaxing for everyone. Research has shown that walking promotes the release of brain chemicals called endorphins that stimulate relaxation and improve our mood.
4. Read a book
This is by far my favorite way of how to relax as a busy parent. I have loved reading books since I was a little girl. If given the chance, I could find a great book, sit in a big comfy chair, and get lost in reading it all day!
5. Watch a Movie
Ok, I love me some Netflix and chill time. I don't get it that often but when I do, I take advantage of it. I even do this with my kids sometimes and thinking of making this a thing on the weekends. It gives us family time and we all get to watch a good movie!
This is a way to get some positive thoughts and even some worries out on paper and just decompress. It can be overwhelming for some parents. Believe me, there have been times when I wanted to pull my hair out, literally. Journaling also helps to declutter your mind!
There are numerous ways to relax as a busy parent and this is only a handful of them. Find ways that you like to relax and try to incorporate them into your schedule just to give yourself a small break. You could even find ways to relax that include the kids also. I hope you found some of these ways helpful.