Being a devoted and caring parent is tough. It is the most beautiful but, at the same time, overwhelming and challenging role. Parents need to work and fulfill their work obligations, run errands, do household chores, and take care of children, among other things. So, that’s quite a handful. It is understandable why parents lose it sometimes and need time to unwind. When parents are happy and relaxed, so are the kids and the entire family. Keep reading to learn more about the 8 practical ways for parents to unwind.
The first thing parents need to do is set aside some personal time. They also need to pamper themselves in some ways, perhaps with a relaxing spa day. Being active and doing an enjoyable activity is a great stress reliever. As socializing is essential to our lives, we should also find time for get-togethers with family and friends. Getting a massage is also an excellent way to decompress, so consider it. Additionally, you should be mindful of what you eat and drink. Moreover, you should practice digital detox sometimes and learn to set the mood around the home.
Set Some ‘me’ Time
Having some ‘me’ time is essential for every human being, particularly for busy people such as parents. As parents have a lot on their plate, making room for personal time is sometimes challenging. This leads to parents sacrificing their time. In the long run, this can cause burnout, which is not good for parents and kids. To be a better person, parent, and spouse, you should occasionally squeeze in some ‘me’ time. Use this time to do whatever you enjoy: read a book, take a bath, or go for a walk. This will help you feel more fulfilled.
Pamper Yourself With a Spa Day
Everybody needs a spa day every once in a while, even men. Men’s spa days differ from women’s, and this is fine. It doesn’t even have to be a whole day – you can have a lot of benefits even from a few quality hours at the spa. You can use this time to reconnect with your partner as well.
The kids can spend some time with their grandparents, or you can hire a nanny. You can also go when they are at preschool. Usually, a spa treatment starts with a relaxing massage, including various other features such as a sauna, jacuzzi, and steam room. Women can also often do a mani-padi or some other cosmetic treatment.
Being physically active is an excellent way to unwind. As we already mentioned, sometimes finding time for yourself as a parent is tough, but it is necessary. You can attend a fitness studio, such as Soulhub, that offers additional features, including a sauna, LED light therapy, and spray tan, once or twice a week. You can watch the kids while your partner goes for their fitness dose and vice versa. Another option is to set up a home gym, which will be more doable. You are at home; you can overlook the kids as they play and even engage them in physical activities.
Get Together With Family and Friends
Humans are social beings; we need to have contact with other people; that is simply in our nature. When we get kids and become parents, the focus naturally shifts to the kids. And that is entirely normal. However, you should shift a little bit of focus back to you after some time. You should meet with your family and friends occasionally. Sometimes you can meet them with kids, but sometimes you should do it alone or with your partner. Hiring a babysitter would be one way to go.
Get a Massage
Even though we mentioned having a spa day that includes a massage, you can get only one if you are not up for the whole spa day. You can go to a massage studio or even have a massage therapist visit you. There is a variety of different massages you can choose from. The most popular ones are relaxing, deep, therapeutic, with hot stones, and so on. Massages have a lot of beneficial effects on our bodies and mind. For instance, if you feel under pressure or tension (who doesn’t?!), a massage can help you relieve that stress and negative energy.
Be Mindful of Food and Drinks
What we eat and drink affects our health and energy levels. You probably noticed that sometimes you don’t feel like doing anything, even when you have some spare time. One of the potential causes for that feeling is an inadequate diet.
You should avoid eating junk food full of sugar and additives; instead, you should focus on eating wholesome and healthy food. A well-balanced diet is based on diverse foods such as meat, eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, dairy, cereals, and nuts, among other things. You should also drink plenty of water, limit coffee and exclude alcohol and sugary drinks.
Practice Digital Detox
One of the most significant illnesses of the modern age is spending too much time on our phones and laptops when working, chilling, or doing nothing. Spending too much time on social media can harm our mental health and overall well-being. It can cause anxiety, depression, and low self-confidence. What you can do to prevent that from happening is practice digital detox from time to time. That means being offline and off the phone for a few hours intentionally. During that time, you can reconnect with your spouse or family much deeper.
Set the Mood
Even though setting the mood generally seems completely irrelevant, it has its whys. Setting the mood involves all the little things, such as dimming lights in the evening, lighting candles, and drinking wine from a lovely crystal glass. All these seemingly little things make our lives nicer.
These are just some plausible ways you can unwind as a parent with a lot on their plate – you can do other things as well that fulfill you.
With an educational background Alana loves the science behind child development. Her passion is the way in which children learn and grow. After an accident that ended her career as a teacher she has dedicated herself to studying child development. She has been learning styles to help influence teachers with the needs of different children. She hopes to one day have a big impact in this space and we are so lucky to have her as part of our writing team. Alana is mum to 3 young adults and loves being a big part in their life.