Are you a working parent, stay-at-home parent, or even a homeschool parent? No matter what type of mom or dad you are, you deserve some time to unwind and recharge. After all, parents must take care of their needs so they can care for the ones most precious to them. But, what do you do if you’re too tired and busy to do anything but make it through the day? Well, fear no more, because here are five simple ways even the busiest, most exhausted parents can recharge.
Light Exercise, Stretching or Meditation
Some parents feel they don’t have much time for exercise. It can be a challenge to fit it in with schoolwork, cooking and cleaning. But parents can recharge just with some light walking in the neighborhood or even their own yard. In fact, a short walk it is enough to get the blood flow going.
Stretching is also good for blood flow and it can dramatically affect your mood. So, when you are feeling a bit blue or a little grumpy, take a short walk and have a stretch. If you are having a hard time doing anything alone and you must bring your children, take them all out to the park. If the park isn’t on the schedule, take it to the backyard and play a little basketball or soccer with your little ones. You will find this will be good for you and them, too.
Lastly, there is dancing. Put on your favorite tune and just dance. If you have a video game console, there are many dancing games with workouts that are fun. This is also something the kids can do with you.
Listen to Your Favorite Music or Podcast
Music is another effective way parents can recharge in just a short time. Give yourself at least five to 10 minutes of listening time. Let yourself relax and enjoy what you are hearing and try tuning everything else out. Some things to remember include:
- Musical Instruments can be soothing to the mind. If anything, it will help you let go of stress.
- Uplifting music will stir your heart and open your mind.
- Nature sounds are relaxing and can even bring on a nap.
- Educational or Inspirational podcasts are a great way to learn something new that you may also enjoy.
Putting your thoughts, worries, hopes and dreams on paper each day, or even every few days, can help reduce stress and recharge you. Here are some ideas for daily writing:
- Keep a journal or diary and write in it each day. All you need is 5-10 minutes to jot some thoughts or emotions down.
- If you are someone who likes to read devotions and likes to pray, try writing down a daily prayer and date it. This helps you visualize your needs, wants and what to be grateful for in life.
- Write about your dreams and set a couple of small goals that are easy to achieve. Once you meet a goal, it will bring about feelings of success. Then keep writing down more small goals.
Plan a Night Out or a Night In
Arrange for a sitter, friend or family member to help. Then, when the kids are in bed, and fast asleep, go out for the night with a friend or spouse. You can go see a movie, go to the bowling alley for a few games or have a late dinner.
If a night out is not attainable, stay home and make it a game night or movie night. Better yet, make a nice dinner with your significant other and enjoy some time alone.
Talk to Your Best Friend
Your best friend should be someone you can talk to about anything without judgment. If you had a rough week, call your BFF. It is as simple as that, yet it is important for you to vent. Holding any amount of frustration inside is not healthy. Otherwise, Mom or Dad may have a meltdown, too.
These are five simple ways parents can recharge. It comes down to caring about yourself, too. Your family needs you, and it is so important that you care for yourself. Even in the simplest of ways. Choose one, two or all five and you will start to feel like you can conquer anything. Oh, and busy parents, don’t forget to breathe.