Back To School, Back To You: Self-Care for Parents

Self-Care for Parents

How To Make Time and Space in Your Life To Focus On

Taking Care of Yourself

 

Finding time to take care of yourself can be difficult all year round, but when the kids are home for the summer and constantly need something from you, it can be even worse. Social interaction, health, and even hygiene can take a backseat to trying to keep your kids happy and taken care of during the summer months. Now that kids are heading back to school, it’s time to take charge of your health and well-being.

 

Give Yourself a Self-Care Day

Sometimes it’s easier said than done, but taking one day every week, every other week, or even once a month can give you a renewed sense of self. Take a self-care day where you drop the kids off at a sleepover, get an uninterrupted eight hours of sleep, fit in a session in with your trainer, take a bath, make a healthy breakfast, get whatever tasks you’ve been procrastinating on finished, and spend the evening with your spouse. You’ll feel much better after taking just one day to yourself!

 

Create a Specific Health Goal

Creating specific goals will help you make decisions that will help facilitate those goals. Many people set broad goals like living a healthier lifestyle, which can lead to aimless decision making and loose focus. Choosing specific goals allows you to make clearer decisions and provides you with motivation to complete those goals. For example, aim to eat a healthy, home cooked dinner five times a week as opposed to saying you’ll eat healthier, or aim to meet with your trainer twice a week, as opposed to just saying “I’m going to work out more.” Having measurable goals will help you hold yourself accountable.

 

Set a Schedule

If you usually dropped the kids off at a babysitter during the summer before work, you now have extra time in the morning for yourself to sleep, make a healthy breakfast, or schedule a workout with your trainer. If you’re a stay-at-home parent or you work from home, you finally have some peace and quiet during the day again. Before school starts, set a schedule for yourself and your family. When creating your schedule, make sure to include some alone time in there. It can feel strange to schedule time for yourself, but this will help ensure you have “me time” and that you can regain your sanity as quickly as possible.

 

Face the Guilt

Although a lot parents don’t want to admit it, many are excited for their kids to go back to school. This is your reminder that you don’t have to feel guilty about having time for yourself again. If you’re feeling guilty, candidly talk to other parents about your struggle and see how normal this feeling is. Kids need parents who are healthy mentally and physically, so it’s okay to take time to make sure you can be the best parent possible.

 

Of course, you love your kids and you’ll likely feel a little sad to see them go back to school, but take this time to focus in on your health goals and make time for yourself. Happy, healthy parents are the best, and you’ll be showing your kids that it’s important they take care of their own happiness and wellbeing.

 

If you don’t know how to start getting back into a healthy lifestyle, reach out to us today.  Take your health and wellbeing into your own hands, and take advantage of our mindset coaching, personal training, and nutrition coaching to help you achieve your goals and make time for yourself. Take that little bit of extra time and make the most out of it for yourself and your family!

 

 

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